We got up early to purchase the pass in the morning. As the Hakodate Station staff was kind, I was able to buy it without any problems.
※You can make your purchase by displaying a point and choose screen.
We got word of mouth information. The seafood bowl restaurant on the second-floor of the Hakodate Morning Market Ekini ichiba. There were a lot of 500 yen bowls that were delicious.We rode on the South Hokkaido Railway(often called the Isa Tetsu)!
Well, when the train departed it really created an amazing atmosphere. "The South Hokkaido Railway" to Kikonai running along the Tsugaru Strait. It was a great feeling.
Getting off at Oshima-Tobetsu Station, we rented an e-bike. The aunty of the Nakata store was kind and explained using plenty of gestures. Thank you!
While we had time to spare for the return train, we saw the sparkling sea, cycling along the coast from the bike shop to the Cape Kattoshi Lighthouse 15 minutes away. Stopping our bikes at the foot of the hill, we walked up to the lighthouse and had a great view from the path.
The Tsugaru Strait marks the Blakiston Line which is a boundary line of animal life between Hokkaido in the north and Honshu in the south. Therefore there are animals which are only in Hokkaido like brown bears and red-crowned cranes and a white-tailed eagles. Cycling here is right at the border.
Going to a Trappist Monastery by bicycle is a very rare type of trip. This place is Oshima-Tsubetsu and it is called the "Holy mother Trappist Convent of the lighthouse" in connection with the Cape Kattoshi Lighthouse. There is the first in Japan, Ordo Cisterciensis Trappist Convent organized on the very large donated site.
All the sites are sacred places. Monks perform farming and stock raising in the natural manner without the sound of machines and live a self-sufficient life. They make famous souvenirs such asTrappist butter, candy, cookies, and jam and earn an income aside from donations alone. It is a place creating existence from nothing. The lighthouse which gives light for ships coming over to such a remote northern place from far away. A light of hope. To the sacred place of "healing."
I wanted to jump right into the scenery of the famous straight avenue of cedar trees that leads directly to the monastery!
It is located on the opposite bank of Mt. Hakodate and is the town which was developed here long ago. One way from the entrance to Hakodate Bay is Mt. Hakodate, and the other is here, Moheji. There is Yafurai as a landmark.
A railroad fan can't get enough of this. Here rests the Hokutosei, that could run the 16-hour sleeper train between Ueno Station and Sapporo Station, that is now an abolished service.
The Sakemi Bridge is famous for being a place where salmon go upstream.
Yafurai Tenmangu Shrine
The origin of Hokkaido includes two movements. One was the reclamation of thee time that people came over from what is now Aomori and built castle-like buildings being the 12 of Southern Hokkaido along the coast, including here "Yafurai". Another was the reclamation of Hokkaido that began with the end of the Battle of Hakodate. As the castle of Yafurai's name suggests in Japanese, "Arrows won't come", it remains since the times of rivalry with the Ainu. And, Tenmangu Shrine is also here.
It really feels like a super rare trip, as not even many Japanese tourists come here. The chief priest was very kind.
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Returning the bicycles, and again on the South Hokkaido Railway Company, this time to the commuter town of Hakodate, the Kamiiso district of Hokuto. This is where we can see and understand the community landscape of the citizens of Hakodate. The large suburban stores form a line along both sides of the national highway. Well, let's do as the locals do and go to Hasegawa Store. Write a request on the order sheet, and your bento lunch box is prepared hot and fresh just as you requested. I wanted to give it a try!
We take a look around a little by the sea of Hokuto and go to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by bus.
From this point on, a 1-day course won't be enough. However, we introduce 3 places in an omnibus form that you should try by all means!Course 1 Togeshita Cuisine
Leaving Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by bus. This area is the foot of what was formerly called Kayabetoge Pass. A tunnel was completed and the pass has gone, however the name of Togeshita (below the pass) remains. It is a place that has the road stop of Nanae town "Michi-no-Eki Nanairo-Nanae", "Danshaku (baron potato) Lounge", Southern Hokkaido soul food, and the Togeshita main restaurant of Lucky Pierrot. I call this Togeshita cuisine. It's a very fun and delicious place. It was perfect for casual shopping with many souvenirs and a cafe menu!Course 2 Onumakoen(quasi-national park)
Leaving Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by JR. The marsh, Onuma is one of the quasi-national parks of Hokkaido, and was made by the eruption of Mt. Hokkaido Koma-ga-take.
There are a lot of small islands in the marsh. Because the weather was good, there was a superb view! I enjoyed it on a "pleasure boat".
The shopkeeper also taught us the origin of Onuma's special product, "Onuma sweet rice dumplings of the marsh house". Apparently the dumplings go hard if you don't eat them that day, so we ate them in the shop. They are soft and delicious.Course 3 Various experiences (harvesting, Zen meditation, bonfire, etc.)
Among the various experiences available, this time we present harvesting! From a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, you can harvest what is in season and eat it freshly picked. How awesome is that? Mainly because of the fresh flavor! It's amazing! There are also various other experiences available, such as Zen meditation and bonfire experiences!
We went to the peak of Mt. Hakodate by bus from in front of the station (service not running in winter). Today's night view was so clear that even the locals were surprised. The twinkling night view is beautiful. I wonder if visiting a sacred place or Tenmangu Shrine would have been better?
We went to the "Hakodate Miraikan" in front of Hakodate Station. It's a huge indoor place.
It introduces you to Hakodate on a screen, the video changes by your movements, being a place of digital art that's fun for families! The view from the bell tower of the Christian orthodox church was great! This is a great place to go when Hakodate has bad weather.
The specialty of the Hakodate morning market is often considered to be fresh fishery products (squid, crab) and dried goods (scallops, kombu), but it is Kaneni Kaniman that is beloved by Hakodate regulars. Please take care as it is steaming hot. The crab is perfectly seasoned and very satisfying.Tabi Yaku-san
A very convenient service has begun. Tabi Yaku-san that helps travelers with shopping by interpreting for them. Not only do they interpret, but they also escort you when shopping and explain to shopkeepers what you are looking for. On top of that, all though the transportation costs are charged separately, they can come with you into Hakodate City, not just the morning market.Today's "Southern Hokkaido Healing Course" Self-Discovery Trip
"1-day tour pass "that allows you to visit so much in 1 day, from early morning to the night view on Mt. Hakodate. It's fun to check the timetables of city trams and buses and setting off! When you aren't sure, you can just ask, as everyone is very kind. I really liked the "self-made trip", going around and looking up sightseeing spots and destinations while viewing and interacting with the local community landscape. Travelling in Hokkaido is a 10/10 wherever you go as the water and bathroom facilities are clean and safe.
This Hokkaido trip was done with the Hakodate Area Passport, allowing us unlimited rides on buses, JR, city trams, and South Hokkaido Railway Company to the 2 cities and 3 towns of Southern Hokkaido, Hakodate, Hokuto, Mori, Nanae, and Shikabe.