Day 03: Aomori Excursion (Jul 2018)

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July 10th 2018
Published: August 22nd 2018
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Tuesday, 10th July 2018

We started Day 03 of our program with a visit to the Hakodate Morning Market. Located right next to the train station, this is an ideal place to buy and sample fresh seafood. YP wasted no time in buying a pack of dry scallops and some medication for her family.

We also took some time off to sample the sweetness of the Hokkaido melons and roasted scallops. After we were done with market shopping, we stopped by at the restaurant row to sample raw sashimi and crab legs. The colourful food samples outside the restaurants made them very tempting for us to try them all!

From the morning market, we headed to the beautiful Onuma Koen which was an easy train ride away. This is a picturesque national park located at the north of Hakodate. We probably spent about an hour at the park and the lake as we were mindful of the next connecting train to Aomori, the northern most city in the main Honshu Island.

Prior to the opening of the Seikan Tunnel in March 1988, connections between Aomori and Hakodate could only be made by ferries plying the route. The Seikan Contact Memorial Ship Museum stood as a stark reminder of the early years of sea transport between the two cities.

The city of Aomori is also famous for its Aomori Apples that have gained worldwide recognition. It is no coincidence that drinks, teas and pastries made of apples are a staple everywhere in this beautiful city.

We also managed to find some time to visit the red cladded Nebuta Museum - a very exciting festival that is much celebrated in this city with its colorful floats and loud music.

All in all, our visit to Aomori from Hakodate was timely and efficient given the conveniences of the Hokkaido Shinkansen that brought us everywhere in this part of Japan.

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