Summer in Hakodate 2 day Itinerary - Day 2
Following on from Part 1 of my Hakodate trip, we got up nice and early for a walk around the neighbourhood.
I highly recommend getting up early and going for a morning stroll - it's the best time of the day to explore the streets, and it's so quiet and peaceful with just a handful of local morning exercisers.
Hakodate is such a picturesque town with many western influences due to being one of the first ports in Japan to open to foreign trade over 150 year ago.
The Lucky Perriot from my previous post, one of the many branches located around Hakodate.
Russian Orthodox Church
There's a number of churches around Hakodate's Motomachi district, including the grand Orthodox church founded in 1859 by the Russian Consulate.
Motomachi Catholic Church
It was also lovely seeing all these beautiful flowers dotted all over town, plus the many herb and vege gardens outside people's houses.
La Vista Hakodate Bay buffet breakfast
After the morning walk, it was time to hit the highly anticipated buffet breakfast at our hotel. One of the top ranking buffet breakfasts in Japan and it's not hard to see why - amazing Hokkaido produce and DIY fresh seafood donburi (rice bowls).
Grilled seafood and veggies
Seafood rice bowl station
The seafood was so fresh and delicious, I packed my bowl full of seafood such as prawns, squid, fish roe, tuna and scallops.
They also had a nice selection of hot dishes, both western and Japanese style. I particular enjoyed the grilled pumpkin and potato, which Hokkaido is known to be famous for.
Even the miso soup selection was amazing, with several options. This one had a generous amount of clams and was delicious.
Selection of cakes
The cakes were served in mini bite sizes which was convenient for allowing us to sample everything.
Red bean soup with rice balls
The red bean soup was amazing, flavoursome red bean and not too sweet. We ended up getting seconds of this because it was so good!
La Vista Hakodate Bay HotelAddress: 2-6, Toyokawaho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0065
After breakfast, it was time to say goodbye to Hakodate and head to Sapporo. We had a bit of time at Shin-Hakodate station where I bought some cute Hakodate limited edition snacks such as these cute Snaffle buttery cookies pictured below (I bought the squid one) which were quite interesting as the cookies actually contained squid/calamari.
Stay tuned for more Hokkaido posts coming up soon.