Travel Diary: Hakodate

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Hakodate, Hokkaido

In the end of July I went up north to Hokkaido together with my boyfriend to visit his family in Hakodate for a few days. It was my first time to travel northern Japan and I was looking forward to a few mild Summer days far away from the hot hell Tokyo to is during this time of the year. But sadly we ended up having mostly rainy, humid days – just like rainy season all over again, even though Hokkaido isn’t supposed to have that season…

This didn’t stop me from enjoying me few days there to the max! Hokkaido is famous for it’s incredibly good food, untouched nature, diary products and cows, and Hakodate is known for it’s beautiful night view and its harbor, and is also ranking within the top three Japanese cities with the highest quality branding power behind it every year – this year Hakodate is No.1! The city is right on the coastline and within a 20 minute walk you can get from the beach right into the mountains.

So I ate all the soft-serve ice cream that crossed my way, fed some cows next to a sunflower field, went to the beach, climbed some cliffs, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and all together, had a great time in Hakodate!

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Night view of Hakodate city

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The white light spots are fisher boats catching squid during the night

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Gloomy weather. There are supposed to be mountains behind the forrest, but I didn’t get a chance to see them

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Hakodate’s very own Fast Food chain restaurant Lucky Pierrot. The city is full of them and every single shop was always packed! Fast Food is in italics, because it’s more a proper Burger restaurant with a lot more different dishes on the menu. I had the most popular combo: The Chinese Chicken Burger and Lucky Potatoes with white and meat sauce. A Hakodate must-go!

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Bayside, there are a lot of old brick storages, which reminded me of my hometown Hamburg and it’s storage town near the harbour! All the storages are filled with souvenir shops though, which I thought was a little sad, but in some you will come across tiny food stalls selling super fresh sushi, cheese, or soft cream (there is a soft cream shop at every corner of the city!).

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The first post box in Japan, right in front of the first post office that opened in Japan!

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Some of the brick storages weren’t used at all and were just left to be run over by nature.

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Somehow, on the flight to Hakodate, my feet got really swollen and I ended up having blisters in the weirdest spots, so the only pair of shoes I was able to walk in were my Birkis! Real life savers!

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I wish the sun was shining more…

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This was, out of all the soft serve ice cream I had in Hokkaido, and also in my entire life, the best soft cream I have ever had, ever! It was sold right at milk factory with the cows running freely on a large piece of land, and for 50Yen you could buy a bucket of hay to feed to them. All my childhood country-life fantasies came true that day!

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At the beach! Actually the only time I made it to the beach this summer!

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Is this beautiful or what?

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Heading back to the airport.

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It was a beautiful place to stay at and I definitely want to visit again – next time with nice weather pretty please!


夏休みに入ってからすぐ、5日間 私の彼氏の実家である北海道の函館で過ごしました。初めての北海道でとても楽しくて、毎日ワクワクで完全観光客の気分になりました。

美味しいもの食べたり綺麗な景色を見たり、函館の伝説なラッキーピエロにも行ったり、満喫でした! 本当はGLAYのライブを観に函館行こうーという計画だったけどチケット取れず・・・ でもGLAYを観れなくても 最高な函館旅行だったから 早くまた行きたいなー 次は冬かな♥

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5 Responses
  • aditicusp
    September 7, 2015

    This looks so beautiful! <3

    • Nicola Thiele
      September 13, 2015

      Thank you, Aditi! ♥
      Still so sad you couldn’t make it yesterday!!

      • aditicusp
        September 14, 2015

        Me too, I was so excited to meet you all and then at the last moment my plan flopped! 🙁 Maybe we should meet sometime, it has been a really long time… 🙂 xx

  • Miyagi Mermaid
    September 9, 2015

    Awww I lived in Hakodate for a year as a student! Your beautiful photos make me very nostalgic~ I’m glad you had a good time. I would give anything to have Lucky Pierrot’s potatoes right now.

    • Nicola Thiele
      September 13, 2015

      How did I not know this yet?!?!
      That’s awesome!! & I’m so jealous too, I did my exchange year in Takarazuka, between Osaka and Kobe, and I imagined school life in Hakodate so much more fun than in Hyogo from everything I heard from my boyfriend’s dad who works at a school there!
      But yes, I loved everything about Hakodate! And if I find a way to dupe Lucky Potatoes, I’ll let you know! I kind of have a challenge going with the boyfriend and his brother who say that there is no way to remake them as good as at Lucky Pierrot’s… But I won’t give up yet!!

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