- June 25th, 2017
[Cape Tachimachi in Hakodate] Tsugaru Channel Can Be Viewed At Scenic Spot
- Cape Tachimachi
- Tachimachi-misaki Park
- List of Activities
- List of accommodations
Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) is a scenic spot at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the southern part of Hakodate city, and visitors can view the Pacific on cliffs. Tachimachi was called “Yokoushi (ヨコウシ)” by Ainu people, and means “A place that the Ainu people wait to watch fishes while standing” in Ainu language. * Tachi (立) means standing and machi (待) means waiting in Japanese. Because the cliffs with about 30 m in height are steep, I think they imperiled themselves lay their life on the line put their life before fishing, and maybe men of other days were very tough. The cliffs have a good view, so the cape is sometimes used as a shooting place for suspense dramas. A song of “Cape Tachimachi” sung by Ms. Masako Mori (森昌子), a Japanese famous enka singer, uses here as a motif. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Speaking of the Cape Tachimachi, it is well-known as a famous place for suicide or a haunted place. So the park is closed in the evening. Open hour is from 06:00 to 20:00. It is also closed in a winter season, from December to March. A trail to the Mt. Hakodate is built around the Cape Tachimachi, too, and graves of Takuboku Ishikawa family (石川啄木一族の墓) is also near here. An one-way road to the park is narrow, so drive carefully. Hekiketsuhi Monument (碧血碑), a memorial monument for dead soliders of the former Shogunate forces in Hakodate War, is built on the way back.
Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. “A View from Mt. Hakodate” was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate “The View from the Mt. Hakodate” highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.
Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Read More
Tachimachi-misaki Park (立待岬広場) is built on the cliffs, and trees and grass are well-kept. Tachimachi-misaki Rest Place Hamanasu (立待岬休憩所 売店はまなす), the parking lot, a gazebo, a public restroom and a monument inscribed with a poem of Mr. Hiroshi Yosano (与謝野寛) and Mrs. Akiko Yosano (与謝野晶子) are built at the site, and veiws can be enjoyed at some look-places. It takes about 30 minutes to look around on foot. A soft serve ice cream and a grilled skewered whelk sold at the Hamanasu has a good reputation.
Atmosphere of Cape Tachimachi Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Business hours||24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From December to March|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||951 296 147*13|
List of accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
South Part of Hakodate Downtown
North Part of Hakodate Downtown
A page of Hakodate is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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