Once we were done with Goryokaku, we were spent… We immediately looked around for a cafe to rest and have some drinks around there, but we couldn’t find any. So we decided to go straight to the Bay area (our next destination) and look for cafes there instead.
On our way to the tram, a few blocks from Goryokaku, we passed by this weird looking mural of Mother Mary selling burger. Of course we had to take pictures with it:
When we arrived at The Bay area of Hakodate, we decided to have some coffee and a light meal at the Minato no Mori cafe. I think it’s one of those French Japanese cafes… Their coffee is so-so, but the waffles were delicious (we had a few plates, hee hee). We were going to order their sausages dish, but too bad that most of their savory dishes were not available. Maybe because we came at a weird hour (3pm-ish?).
The Wharf of Hakodate was a very beautiful. It sorta reminded me of San Francisco’s wharf. A lot of renovated brick warehouses and multi-level wooden decks all over the wharf. We were lucky that the weather was perfect when we got there. The blue sky and cool winds in a warm and sunny day… All of those made our pictures bright and pretty.
The area was also very touristy. It had a large parking lot filled with big busses for tourists. It also had gift shops the size of a few warehouses combined… Crazy! Those big warehouses in the photos below were actually gift shops!
So, this area had everything from gift shops for tourists, a music box museum like the one we visited in Otaru, to a chapel for Christian-style weddings… and the chapel’s sign was a bit broken… We found the C on the floor. Aina tried to put it back, but it didn’t stick… So we left it like this:
Noushka and Ditha immediately went into the gift shops to bring home gifts. Ari, Aina and I walked around the Bay for a while. No wonder Hakodate was famous for its view. Even from down here, the city was very pretty.
During our walk, we met a lady with her little dog named Yuu-chan. We were walking passed them at the wharf, when she called to Aina. Then she asked if Aina would like to have Yuu-chan sit on her lap. Of course, she would! Aina’s a sucker for small dogs… She thinks they were all like live versions of Snowy.
And to tell you the truth, Yuu-chan was really like a stuffed toy. She was so calm and cute, and was happy to oblige, sitting quietly on Aina’s lap. Aina didn’t want to let go… hahaha.
And on our way back to the tram, we met a Kamen Rider on his bike doing his round… pretty random!
At first, we noticed a bunch of high school kids, boys and girls, were squealing and being giddy, pointing to something on the road. We all thought there was a Japanese celebrity on the street or something. We looked around, and noticed no one. Everyone on the street seemed to be normal people.
Then, all the sudden, a guy in a Kamen Rider costume riding a motorcycle passed by… those kids — including the boys — whipped out their mobile phones, ran on to the street and started taking pictures. He rode his bike slow enough so that when we all waved at him, he could wave back!
And we all, us and the high school kids, went, “Squeeee…”
After the Kamen Rider encounter, we took the tram back to the hotel area to have some dinner there. According to Google, there was supposed to be a yokocho nearby… cheap, fun, and lots to choose from… Perfect!
Daimon Yokocho turned out to be located only one block behind our hotel. Actually, the whole block behind our hotel was the yokocho. So convenient!
After going around the little alleys a few times, we decided to have our dinner at a gyoza shop/bar called Hakodate Ikaya, known for their squid stuff. Supposedly, they pioneered squid-ink gyoza! Their konbu hairi gyoza (kelp-filled dumpling) and the ikasumi gyoza (squid-ink dumpling) were indeed to-die-for. They were soooo delicious and sorta melted in our mouth! Unfortunately, we could only order 1 plate per dish per table. We were so ready to order 3 or 4 plates more!
So we ended up with 1 plate of normal yakisoba, another plate of ikasoba (yakisoba with squids), 2 large plates of the normal pork gyoza, and a plate of tebasaki (chicken wings). On their menu, there was a corn gyoza that we wanted to try, but they ran out of it. They also had this large gyoza called Genghis Khan Gyoza, which was a mutton gyoza. We decided to skip it, because most of the people in our group didn’t like mutton.
Once we’re done, we just had to walk a block back to our hotel… I love it when good food and comfy beds are close to each other 🙂
Other entries of this trip is at Hokkaido Trip Summer 2015.