• May 9th, 2015
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[Sumiyoshi Shrine in Hakodate] Beautiful Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms

Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社) is a shrine at Sumiyoshi-cho, the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the southern part of Hakodate city, and is close to Cape Tachimachi (立待岬), Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) and Hakodate Park (函館公園). The shrine has been reported Sumiyoshi Shrine founded in the Kamakura period. I think that Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine is odd name, and Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine merged Sumiyoshi(住吉) Shrine with Miyoshi(三吉) Shrine. The name of Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine is a good combination. It is famous as a good place to see cherry blossoms, and the best time to see is from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot and a restroom are not provided.

Cherry Blossoms at Sumiyoshi Shrine
Cherry Blossoms at Sumiyoshi Shrine

Mt. Hakodate

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

Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate

Cape Tachimachi

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. Read More

Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi

Hakodate Park

Hakodate Park (函館公園) is the first park in Hokkaido built in 1879 at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the southern part of Hakodate city, and has been chosen as one of 100 Best Historical Park in Japan, and has an exotic atmosphere such as the Meiji period. Hakodate Museum (函館博物館), Hakodate Park Kodomonokuni (函館公園こどものくに), Hakodate Park Visitor Center (函館公園ビジターセンター), Mini Zoo, Central Large Fountain (中央大噴水) and Mt. Meiji (明治山) are built at the site, and it is well-known as a place for Hakodate citizen's relaxation and refreshment, and is also famous as a famous place to see cherry blossoms. The best season to see is from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided, but free temporary parking lots are provided during the best season. Read More

Night Cherry Blossoms at Hakodate Park
Night Cherry Blossoms at Hakodate Park

Yachigashira Onsen

Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) is a hot spring place in Hakodate city. Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) and Ikenohata Onsen Ryokan (池の端温泉旅館) are built in the residential area at the foot of Mt. Hakodate. There are some shrines and temples such as Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社), restaurants and convenience stores around here. Famous tourist attractions around here are Mt. Hakodate (函館山), Hakodate Park (函館公園), Cape Tachimasci (立待岬) and Hekketsu Monument (碧血碑). Read More

Appearance of Building
Yachigashira Onsen

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.

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    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
    Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

    HAKODATE

    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

    View from Mt. Hakodate
    Hakodate

    Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido

    Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Read More

    Cherry Blossoms and Pink Moss
    Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido Yonesato

    Cherry Blossoms at Sumiyoshi Shrine

    About 30 Yoshino Cherry Trees (ソメイヨシノ) are planted along an approach to the shrine with about 100 m in length, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom in a spring. It is as if walking through the cherry blossom tunnel, and visitors will feel very comfortable. The site is small, so it takes less than 30 minutes to look around on foot.

    Entrance of Sumiyoshi Shrine
    Cherry Blossom at Sumiyoshi Shrine
    Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms
    Cherry Blossom at Sumiyoshi Shrine

    Atmosphere of Sumiyoshi Shrine Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Sumiyoshi Shrine

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-138-22-2608
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 951 296 490*30

      List of Activities

      Some activities are held in the Hakodate. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Sightseeing Taxi

      Donan Hire(道南ハイヤー)
      Hakodate Taxi(函館タクシー株式会社)
      ASOVIEW
      Hakodate Sightseeing Jumbo Taxi Isaribi Club(函館観光ジャンボタクシー 漁火倶楽部)
      ASOVIEW
      Five Star Club(ファイブスタークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Nakamura Sightseeing Taxi(中村観光タクシー)
      Moomoo Taxi(モーモータクシー)
      Jalan

      Guided Trekking

      Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
      Jalan

      Guided Walking Streets

      Hakodate Guided Walking Streets(函館まちあるきガイド)

      Bay Cruise

      Movie of Bay Cruise


      Hakodate Bay Cruise Blue Moon(観光遊覧船ブルームーン)
      ASOVIEW
      Kanamori Bay Cruise(金森ベイクルーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Rental Costume Kimono and Dress

      Movie of Rental Costume Kimono and Dress


      Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono and Dress(函館和洋モダン貸衣裳館)

      Rickshaw

      Movie of Rickshaw


      Ebisuya(えびす屋)

      Experiences of Making

      Movie of 710CANDLE


      710CANDLE(710CANDLE)
      ASOVIEW
      Ikuta Glass House(生田ガラス館)
      Motomachi Glass Studio(元町ガラス工房)
      ASOVIEW

      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

        Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
        Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
        Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
        HP
        Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
        Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
        Jalan
        Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
        HP
        Jalan
        Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
        Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
        HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
        Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
        HP
        La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
        LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
        Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
        Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
        HP
        Jalan
        Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
        B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
        Jalan
        Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
        Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
        Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
        HP
        Rakuten
        Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
        HP
        Jalan
        HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
        Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
        APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
        Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
        Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
        Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
        Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
        Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
        Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
        A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
        Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
        Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
        Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
        Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
        Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
        Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
        Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
        Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
        HP
        Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
        Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
        Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
        Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
        HP
        Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
        Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
        HP
        Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
        Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
        HP
        Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
        Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
        Booking
        Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
        Booking
        Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
        Booking
        Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
        Booking
        SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
        Booking
        Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
        Booking
        THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
        Booking
        Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
        Booking
        Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
        HP
        Booking
        Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan

        North Part of Hakodate Downtown

          Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
          Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
          Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
          Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
          Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
          HP
          Jalan
          Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
          HP
          Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
          Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
          HP
          Jalan
          Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
          Booking
          Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
          Booking
          Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
          Booking
          Fellow House(フェローハウス)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
          Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
          HP
          Booking
          Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
          Booking
          Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
          Booking

          Yunokawa Onsen

            Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
            Booking
            Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
            Booking
            Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
            Booking
            Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
            Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
            Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
            Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
            KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
            Booking
            Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
            Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
            HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
            Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
            Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
            Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
            Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
            Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
            Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
            Booking
            Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
            Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
            Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
            Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
            Booking
            Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
            Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
            La Cachette(ラカシェット)
            Jalan
            Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
            Booking
            Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Booking.com

            A page of Hakodate is here

            Hakodate

            A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here

            Hokkaido Cherry Tree

            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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