We loved yesterday’s breakfast so much, that we had to go again today… I still wanted more uni! So, before we left Hakodate (and Hokkaido, actually), this morning we squeezed in a visit to the morning market once again. First, we checked out of the hotel at 6am, and dropped off our luggage in the train station’s locker. Japanese train stations always have big lockers. Then, we crossed the street to the Morning Market and headed to the Donburi Yokocho Ichiba again.
This time, we tried a different donburi shop, the one with the line to get in yesterday. This donburi shop had a second floor, which were where we got our seats. We were there pretty early, and there were still plenty of seats. But within about half an hour, the restaurant got really full. I guess, this place was very popular.
This place also had a children’s menu: tiny donburi stuff on an Anpan Man tray. I ordered my uni again, and yep, it tasted better than the one I had yesterday. And their cooked stuff, like crab gratin and korokke, was really good, too. Maybe that’s why the line was long…
It was a satisfying breakfast. But even after this fulfilling breakfast, we had to try another thing: Ikasumi Manju a.k.a. Squid Ink Pau. It was sold in the market, near the squid-fishing pool, not in the Donburi stores. It’s basically a black purplish pau, with squid filling. The white stuff inside was cooked squid, which was pretty yummy. But we were stuffed from our breakfast earlier, so we all had to share this pau. It was soooo filling!
After our tummies were all filled up to the brim, we departed Hokkaido and travelled into the mainland of Japan, Honshu. We said bye bye to the squids of Hakodate and boarded the Super Hakuchō Limited Express, the train that went under the water.
This green train took us through the Seikan Tunnel, the longest operational rail tunnel in the world (at least at the time we were there). It took us about 2 hours to get to Shin Aomori from Hakodate, because there was a speed limit inside the tunnel.
From what I heard, they are currently building another tunnel next to it for the Shinkansen, which means, it will be much faster to cross the Tsugaru Strait, once the Shinkansen can pass through the tunnel.
Anyways, once we got to Shin Aomori, we had to change to a local train to get to Hirosaki, our destination of the day…
…Which will be in the next entry 🙂
Other entries of this trip is at Hokkaido Trip Summer 2015.