I traveled to Hakodate, which is in the north of Japan, and is the largest city in southern Hokkaido, for three days and two nights. Overall I was satisfied with the trip, because I was able to take photos of winter Hakodate in both sunny and snowy conditions. In this article, I will write about breakfast at La Vista Hakodate Bay and Old Fort Goryokaku as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Hakodate Morning Market and Bay Area
* Day 1: Motomachi
* Day 1: Motomachi and Bay Area (Evening and Night View)
* Day 2: Old Fort Goryokaku [This article]
* Day 2: Tropical Botanical Garden and Trappistine Convent
* Day 2: Bay Area (Night View with Snow)
* Day 3: Kitajima Saburo Museum and Mashu-maru
* Day 3: Hachiman-Zaka Slope and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse (Evening View)
The 2nd day of my Hakodate trip has started. First of all, I will have breakfast. As I mentioned in the previous article, I chose to stay at La Vista Hakodate Bay, mainly because the hotel was located conveniently for sightseeings and it was famous for its breakfast.
Breakfast at La Vista Hakodate Bay
The venue of the breakfast was “Kita No Banya”, which was on the 2nd floor.
The restaurant would start to open from 6:20 a.m. I was surprised to see there was already a couple who waited for its opening when I reached the restaurant around 6:05 a.m.
The restaurant started its operation at 6:20 a.m.
Breakfast was served in a buffet style and I was surprised at a variety of food there. I will show it in order.
To begin with, Japanese food section.
A lot of local products such as pork meat made in Hokkaido were served.
Here is “Kaisen-don (bowl of rice topped with sashimi)” section, the hotel’s speciality.
Visitors are able to take seafood such as tuna, shrimp, squid and salmon caviar etc. as many as you wish.
Western food section.
Salad and fruits.
Although there were a variety of foods, I just took it moderately.
Morning walk around Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
I walked around the hotel (Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area) after breakfast.
Then, I moved to Old Fort Goryokaku by a tram.
Old Fort Goryokaku
To begin with, I will visit Goryokaku Tower.
Goryokaku Tower was originally built in 1964 and then re-built in 2006. The current tower is 107 meters high.
I will go to the observatory.
Here is the observatory.
This is the view of Old Fort Goryokaku from the observatory.
Visitors are able to enjoy its view all year around and in winter, Old Fort Goryokaku is covered with snow.
Here are other views from the observatory.
Then, I moved to an atrium.
Goryokaku Park (Old Fort Goryokaku) Part1
After I left Goryokaku Tower, I will walk around Goryokaku Park (Old Fort Goryokaku).
Old Fort Goryokaku is a western-style fort with star-shaped estate and now used as a park (Goryokaku Park). The park is popular for a cherry blossoms spot in spring and lighted up in winter.
View of Goryokaku Tower from the First Bridge.
This is the Second Bridge.
Now I reached Hakodate Magistrate’s Office.
Hakodate Magistrate’s Office
I will visit Hakodate Magistrate’s Office.
Hakodate Magistrate’s Office was built as a diffense base in Hokkaido in 1864. It was re-developed in 2010.
Here are some photos of Hakodate Magistrate’s Office.
Goryokaku Park (Old Fort Goryokaku) Part2
I left Hakodate Magistrate’s Office and went around the park again.
This is the Postern Gate Bridge.
Then, I left Old Fort Goryokaku (Goryokaku Park).
That’s it for the article about breakfast at La Vista Hakodate Bay and Old Fort Goryokaku as part of Day 2.
La Vista Hakodate Bay is famous for its breakfast and now I totally agree with its reputation 🙂
Regarding Old Fort Goryokaku, I would like to revisit it in spring when cherry blossoms bloom, if I have a chance.
In the next article, I will write about Tropical Botanical Garden and Trappistine Convent.