• December 7th, 2014
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[Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate] 100 years History Tastes of Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie Can Be Savored

Senshuan Sohonke

Senshuan Sohonke (千秋庵総本家) is a long-established confectionary store based in Hakodate city, and has been established since 1860. It is the 2nd oldest in existing confectionary stores in Hokkaido, but I think that it is the oldest confectionary store rooted in the Hokkaido. As for the origin of the Senshuan (千秋庵), Mr. Kichibee Sasaki (佐々木吉兵衛), the founder, was from former Akita prefecture, and it was named because of missing Akita of hometown. He had a good sense that waiting impatiently (proverb) is punned on the Akita. * A kanji "秋" is used in both meanings. In addition, they have a big influence because Senshuan Sohonke is a root of Sapporo Senshuan (札幌千秋庵) and Rokkatei (六花亭). The Sohonke means "Originator" in English. The head office is in Horai-chou, Hakodate, and some brach stores open a business in the Hakodate and Yuraku-cho, Tokyo. They have become an affiliate company of Suzuki Eikodo (鈴木栄光堂), a long-established confectionary store in Gifu prefecture, since 2017.

Appearance of Building
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-

My visited place is the head office near Mt. Hakodate. Both the appearance and the interior decoration of the building have a long-established atmosphere. The store is not large, and a clock has been working since Taisho period, and it makes visitors feel the history. Japanese confectioneries as well as Western confectioneries are displayed in a shocase. A small but cozy place for customers to enjoy foods and drinks is provided at the store, and free tea can be drunk.

Look of Store
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-
Clock Has been Working Since Taisho Period
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-

Movie of Senshuan Sohonke

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

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.

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

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View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie

I visited here around 10:00 on a weekday. I asked a waitress about store's recommendation, so she replied to me "100-years standard cakes are Dorayaki Cake (どら焼き) and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie (元祖山親爺)". As I expected, it was a very long-established confectionary store. A period of the bestseller was long beyond my imagination. I bought those to relish their history. As for the prices, the Dorayaki Cake was JPY 194, the Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie was JPY 324.

Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie from Top
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-

I decided to eat those at the place for customers to enjoy foods and drinks. First I ate the Dorayaki Cake. Bean jam was close-packed at the Dorayaki Cake, and the cake was fluffy texture. The taste of egg was tasty, and the sweetness was just right.

Dorayaki Cake
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-
Dorayaki Cake from Side
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-
Chew History of About 100 Years
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-

Then I ate the Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie. A cookie of the Sapporo Senshuan was Yamaoyaji Cookie, so Ganso (Originator) was added before the Yamaoyaji Cookie. It was a funky visual that a bear put on his ski on the surface of the cookie. I was moved at such a picture created 100 years ago. It was the crunchy texture, and the taste of butter was rich. A lot of elegant women came to the long-established store while eating those. Thanks for the tasty sweets!

Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-
Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie from Side
Dorayaki Cake and Ganso Yamaoyaji Cookie -Senshuan Sohonke in Hakodate-
Parking lot Parking is provided (7 Cars)
Business hours 09:30-18:00
Regular closing day Wednesday
Telephone number +81-138-23-5131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 041 022*47

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

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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