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[Trappistine Convent in Hakodate] Madarena and Beautiful Front Garden Can Be Enjoyed at Angel Garden

June 30th, 2017

Trappistine Convent

Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院) is the Japan's first convent at 50-70 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and the another name is Angel Garden (天使園). It is well-known as a historical nunnery (monastery) together with Trappist Monastery (トラピスト修道院) that is famous for trappist cookies in Hokuto. About 70 nuns live here at present, so the whole convent is not allowed to visit. But only a part of the site (Front Garden, Souvenir Shop and Reference Room) is open to the public, and visitors can walk around. Cherry blossoms in a spring or fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed, and additive-free French Cake Madarena has a good reputation, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Toll parking lots open a business beside here.

Trappistine Convent with Cherry Blossoms
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Wrapping Madarena
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
French Cake Madarena
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

Trappistine Convent was established by 8 sisters from France in 1898. Although the building was destroyed by fire in 1925, it was rebuilt in 1927. Beautiful bricks catch visitors's eyes, and the front garden is well-kept. I feel refreshed. Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) and Hakodate Airport are close to here, and the location is beside Citizen's Forest (市民の森) that is famous for a tasty soft serve ice cream. 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.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.

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

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hot springs spring 7000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. 1.8 million tourists come here, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉). The Yunokawa Onsen is called a back room of Hakodate, and I think that it is popular for easy access to the Yunokawa Onsen because it takes about 15 minutes from Hakodate Station by a car, and it takes about 5 minutes from Hakodate Airport by a car. It is probably only the Yunokawa Onsen in Hokkaido that there is a large hot-spring resort in the city area. Article is here

Chikuba Sinyoutei
Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

Kosetsuen

Kosetsuen (香雪園) is a garden at 30-40 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and is one of facilities of Miharashi Park (見晴公園) along with a baseball ground, Hakodate Golf Club (函館ゴルフ倶楽部) and Grass Open Space (芝生広場). The Miharashi Park is the largest park in the Hakodate, and the area is 46.1 ha. In a spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and In an autumn, this park is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage, and a lot of tourists come. Hakodate MOMI-G Festa (はこだてMOMI-Gフェスタ) is held from late October to early November, and autumn leaves are lit up in the evening. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

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. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Look of Trappistine Convent

There are Statue of Archangel Michael (大天使聖ミカエル像), Statue of Affectionate Virgin Mary (慈しみの聖母マリア), Reference Room (資料館), Souvenir Shop (売店), Chapel for Travelers (旅人の聖堂), Lourdes (ルルド), Statue of St. Theresa (聖テレジアの像), Parsonage (司祭館), Church (聖堂), Statue of French Cruiser Jeanne d'Arc (ジャンヌ・ダルクの像) and Gate for New Nun (入会者の門) at the site opend to the public. Because they live here, only the appearance of the Parsonage and the Parsonage can be seen, but the visitors can know their actual life at the Reference Room. The site allowed to visit is not large, it takes 60 minutes to look around on the foot.

Entrance of Trappistine Convent
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

The Statue of Archangel Michael given by the France, a root of the Trappistine Convent, in 1953 is built on the front garden. St. Francis Xavier was allowed to promulgate the Christian faith by Takahisa Shimazu (島津貴久), a lord of Satsuma Domain (薩摩藩), on Christian feast of St. Michael the Archangel for the first time in Japan, and he prayed to the St. Archangel Michael to protect the Japan, so the the St. Archangel Michael has been chosen as a patron saint of the Japan. Ms. Cecilia Hirata (セシリア平田), the head of the Trappistine Convent, prayed St. Archangel Michael to protect the Hakodate from bombing during the Pacific War, and the statue was built to thank to the blessings of the God here.

Statue of Archangel Michael and Front Garden
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Summer Front Garden
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Front Garden
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Front Garden
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

The Statue of Affectionate Virgin Mary was carved by Fr. Marie-Bernard, a famous sculpteur of La Trappe Abbey, in Normandy, France. Its height is about 50 cm. Blue sky and green trees lend even more charm to white color.

Statue of Affectionate Virgin Mary
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

At the Chapel for Travelers, anyone can pray freely, but photography is not allowed inside. As for the Resting House, anyone can take a rest. When I visited here, visitors took a meal or ate baked sweets. A restroom is provided at the building with the Souvenir Shop and the Reference Room. At the Souvenir Shop, sweets handmade by nun or souvenir are sold. Visitors can know about history of the convent and life of the nuns at the Reference Room. Photography is not allowed at the building.

Chapel for Travelers
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Resting House
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Building with Souvenir Shop and Reference Room
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Shape of Trees Is Interesting
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Bottom of Steps
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

Lourdes reenacts appeared Virgin Mary in Lourdes located in the southern part of the France. A white statue of the Virgin Mary with about 30 cm tall and a white statue of St. Bernadette Soubirous with about 30 cm tall are set to reproduce, and the St. Bernadette Soubirous receives the revelation about Lourdes Water from the Virgin Mary at the Grotto of Massabielle. St. Bernadette Soubirous has passed away at a mere 35 years old in 1879, and is the first photographed saint declared by the Catholic Church.

Lourdes
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

Movie of Lourdes in France

Parsonage
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Open Space in Front of Parsonage
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

The Statue of St. Theresa was gaven by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, a Peruvian father of Sisters Servants of the Sacred Heart in the France, called "Apostles of the Sacred Heart" in 1936. The St. Theresa has passed away at a mere 24 years old in Lisieux, and is worldwide well-known for The Story of a Soul. Various miracles has been performed after her death, so she was fast-declared by the Catholic Church. It is said that she is one of the most popular sainta holy women together with the Jeanne d'Arc in the France.

Statue of St. Theresa
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Open Space in Front of Parsonage
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Statue of St. Theresa Used to Be Here
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Statue of St. Theresa
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Door of Parsonage
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Statue of Joan of Arc
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Summer Parsonage
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Monastery Facility
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Autumn Monastery Facility
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Summer Monastery Facility
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Monastery Facility
Hakodate Trappistine Convent
Look of Summer Trappistine Convent
Hakodate Trappistine Convent

Atmosphere of Trappistine Convent Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Trappistine Convent

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot There is pay parking lot
Business hours Summer season 08:10-17:00
Winter season 08:20-16:30
Regular closing day Summer season Wednesday
Winter season Sunday and Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-138-57-3331
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 144 180*22

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.

広告

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)
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

East Part of Hakodate Downtown

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
Shinmatsu(新松)
Rakuten
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

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