2017年11月20日

Hakodate City, attracting five million annual visitors, is a leading tourist city in Hokkaido.

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A magistrate's office was founded in Hakodate in 1799 in order to supervise the entire area of Hokkaido. In accordance with the end of Japan's isolation policy, thereafter, six ports were opened to the Western world powers from 1854 to 1869. They are Shimoda, Hakodate, Nagasaki, Yokohama, Kobe and Niigata. Unlike the other ports, non-Japanese lived together with the locals in Hakodate. The Westerners were not crammed into a settlement here. Thus, the rich exoticism can be found here and there in this old port town. As Hakodate suffered repeated conflagrations, the wide streets which was designed as a firebreak are laid out in a rectangular grid pattern. This city use to be the largest city in Hokkaido with more population than Sapporo though, the population reduction has been ongoing since the end of the Second World War. The first picture shows the night view of Hakodate City from the top of Hakodate-yama hill. This stunning view is well known as one of the 'Japan's three major night views' with others being Kobe and Nagasaki. The pretty building in the second picture is Hakodate Orthodox Church, which originally was Russian consulate and annexed chapel. Many Western-style buildings built late in the 19th century are found in Moto-machi area commanding Hakodate Port.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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