I was really excited this morning to visit the Hakodate morning market, most specifically a fish market. It had been touted as a more approachable version of the most famous fish market, and so I was really looking forward to getting great photos.
The market turned out to be a little different than expected. There was no tuna and no perfectly curled pink octopus. It was mostly crab, but there were so many different kinds and so much of it. Indeed, the amount of seafood seemed quite over-the-top for such a small town, but we gathered that what got purchased here most likely got consumed elsewhere in Japan.
We walked along the port and warehouses we had walked by yesterday, taking it all in in the sunshine. It was much, much colder here than it had been back in Tokyo and it felt really, really nice.
We then headed uphill into the historic part of town to check out the architecture. On top of old, Western-style homes, a unusual style of building had developed in Hakodate: two-story buildings with one floor done in a Japanese style, and the other in a Western style. It was quite interesting to see! We also visited a Russian Orthodox church, which had a great view of the city.
We also passed many old temples and cemeteries on our way to the Western cemetery. I don’t know what it is about Japan, but they have a way of making those so picturesque. The Western cemetery wasn’t really worth many photos, but the view of the sea was stunning.
By noon it was time to head back to our hostel, grab our bags and hit the road (train) again. Next stop: Lake Toya.
Note from the future: Being so close to the water, this city was severely affected by the 2011 tsunami as waves of up to 2.4 meters rushed over the city. When we think of the 2011 tsunami and places that we have visited and will never be the same again, we think of this city.