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

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 eastern 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
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), Kosetsuen (香雪園) 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.

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. Read More

Chikuba Sinyoutei
Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

Kosetsuen

Kosetsuen (香雪園) is a garden at 30-40 m altitude small hill in the eastern 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. Read More

Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in 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

    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.

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    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
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    Bottom of Steps
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    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 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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