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A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

14th May 2009 – Hakodate Morning Market (asa-ichi) in search of breakfast.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Just need to cross the road from hotel and we reached Hakodate Morning Market.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

One of the many stalls selling dried products. From one of the stalls, we bought 2 packets of cheese scallops (each 500 grams) and 3 packets of cuttlefish. Total damage is ¥5000.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Another stall that sells seasoning paste used for cooking.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

On the left, a store selling clothes. It’s still early and there weren’t much people around.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Beside the dried good area, this portion sells more of the wet stuffs – vegetables, fruits, meat, etc.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

The left side are some restaurants.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Seafood galore! This area is round the main Hakodate Morning Market entrance.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Huge selection of Hokkaido crabs at reasonable prices up for grabs.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Our accommodation last night – Hotel New Ohte (opposite Hakodate Morning Market).

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Finally decided on a restaurant to have our breakfast – Hakodate’s renowned seafood-topped donburi (rice bowl).

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Hakodate’s crab donburi ¥1260.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Hakodate’s signature ika (squid) donburi ¥1890. Fresh live squid on top that will wriggle (dance) when you pour soy sauce over it.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

The chef will help you to cut the head portion. My wife squirms with discomfort while I am eating this. LOL!

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

This is how the squid look like when alive. 😛

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Cloudy skies – seems like it’s going to pour soon. To avoid getting caught in the rain, we hastily went back to hotel to check-out and head towards JR Hakodate Bus Terminal.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

The interior of JR Hakodate Station. We didn’t have time to explore fully here.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Doing some shopping in JR Hakodate Station.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Bought the creamy cheesecake soufflé from Pastry Snaffles – A well known Hakodate delicacy ¥1150 for a box of 8. We wanted to buy a box back to Singapore but weren’t able to as the expiry date is rather short and had to be consume in 6 days time.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Taking the Airport Bus (by Hakodate Teisan Bus which operates every 20 minutes) from JR Hakodate Bus Terminal. ¥300 per trip to Hakodate Airport (20 minutes duration).

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Entrance of Hakodate Airport.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Check-in counter for our ANA domestic flight to Tokyo.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Observation deck on the 3rd floor.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Hakodate Airport.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Mocha coffee ¥500 at Misuzu Coffee while waiting for our flight.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Departure gate area waiting for boarding.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

I noticed a very intuitive feature whereby the folks in the departure area can still talk to people outside. They picked up the phone with the corresponding number (e.g, 3) and start talking away.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

The flight from Hakodate to Haneda Airport only takes approximately 1 hr and 20 mins. Waiting for our luggage.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

At the basement of Haneda Airport, we took Tokyo Monorail Rapid to Hamamatsucho Station and transfer to JR Yamanote Line to our destination of Ueno Station. ¥630 per person and the journey takes approximately 40 min.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Our cozy hotel in Ueno. 5 min walk from JR Ueno Station.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

The bathroom. I like the use of white color rather then the usual cream color. It makes the toilet brighter and look cleaner.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Headed for our late lunch at a nearby Japanese gyudon chain – Matsuya. You will see more of the electronic ordering machines here in Tokyo!

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Grilled Beef Set ¥480.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Large Curry Rice Set ¥480.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Shopping at “Ameya Yokocho” (candy store alley) at Ueno. It was traditionally a wholesale market for candy and snacks. Also commonly referred as “Ameyoko”.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Hundreds of stall selling from fishes, crabs, vegetables, clothes, cosmetics, green tea, sport shoes, etc.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Taito Station – Game arcade. Sighting of folks wearing surgical mask is common in Japan – used when they are having cold or prevention against hay fever, etc.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Lord of Vermilion is a fantasy card-based arcade game produced by Square Enix. I am a fan of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series! I stayed glued to view people play even though I don’t understand Japanese. 🙂

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A cute game for children whereby they have to jump constantly and turn the handle bar in order to move and steer the character on screen.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Ameya Yokocho is really crowded during the evening time. Maybe working folks have just knock off and was doing some shopping prior to going home.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A stall selling döner kebab – very much well-received by locals.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Discounted sale of clothes and sports apparels.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Look at the crowd. 🙂

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Tokudaiji Temple. Accidentally chance upon it in the bustle of Ameyoko.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Niki no Kashi (Niki’s Snacks) – a discount snacks and food store that you can grab loads of stuff back to your home country.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Takoyaki stall. Looks popular.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A Kirin Tea Drink ¥150.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Keisei Ueno Station – For taking Keisei Skyliner to Narita Airport. We will be taking this in a few days time.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A shop selling crepes and I noted that mostly are girls queuing. Sweet tooth?

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Some photos of the buildings around Ueno follows.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Nakacho – seems like rows of restaurants here?

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

McDonald’s Japan – McPork Set Meal, Teriyaki Chicken Set Meal and Shaka Shaka Chicken ¥1180.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

McDonald’s Japan – McPork.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Shaka Shaka Chicken with black pepper. You put the black pepper into the bag and shake it. Once done, open it and consume it!

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Anyone game for adult movies? 😛

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

On our way back, passed by JR Ueno Station – one of the major railway station in Tokyo.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Numerous eateries can be found here.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Tokyo Banana in JR Ueno Station. We noted that we will come back and buy it in the next few days before we leave Tokyo.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Back at the hotel, it’s time for snacks – Snaffles from Hakodate. Note the manufacture and expiry date – 6 days.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Pastry Snaffles that just came out from the refrigerator.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Snaffles – Extremely delicious cheese soufflé.

A Day in Hakodate & Tokyo

Not a night goes by without beer! Sapporo beer (cold maturation) ¥197.

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  • Kathleen

    Wow your trip to Japan was really filled with activities! I’m actually planning a trip to Tokyo toward to end of this year. May I ask which hotel you chose in Ueno? I’m currently researching any and all of the convenient *budget* hotels and a 5 minute walk from Ueno station sounds great! Would you recommend the hotel that you stayed in? Thanks!

    • Hi Kathleen, my Japan trip was really fun-filled but yet not too packed and hasty. I am thinking to go again by end of the year too! Ha ha! Anyway, the hotel I stayed in Ueno is Tokyo Ueno Touganeya Hotel. I would definitely recommend it as my experience during then was great – friendly staff, reasonable price, good/central location, clean and cozy too!

  • Kathleen

    Wow your trip to Japan was really filled with activities! I’m actually planning a trip to Tokyo toward to end of this year. May I ask which hotel you chose in Ueno? I’m currently researching any and all of the convenient *budget* hotels and a 5 minute walk from Ueno station sounds great! Would you recommend the hotel that you stayed in? Thanks!

    • Hi Kathleen, my Japan trip was really fun-filled but yet not too packed and hasty. I am thinking to go again by end of the year too! Ha ha! Anyway, the hotel I stayed in Ueno is Tokyo Ueno Touganeya Hotel. I would definitely recommend it as my experience during then was great – friendly staff, reasonable price, good/central location, clean and cozy too!

  • HaoXiang

    Hi Ronald, i am going to Hokkaido in May this year. Your blog has been helpful in my planning. I had heard that hokkaido is comparably more backward and not as tourist friendly compared to Tokyo. Can i ask if there will be difficulty finding our way around hokkaido if i don’t speak japanese and only able to read simple jap?

  • HaoXiang

    Hi Ronald, i am going to Hokkaido in May this year. Your blog has been helpful in my planning. I had heard that hokkaido is comparably more backward and not as tourist friendly compared to Tokyo. Can i ask if there will be difficulty finding our way around hokkaido if i don’t speak japanese and only able to read simple jap?

    • Hi Hao XIang, glad that it’s of help. In my opinion, Hokkaido is more of sight and sound rather than city or shopping. But, still you can be assured that it’s still tourist friendly with English words in trains, tourist areas, restaurant, etc. There was only one instance where I could not find the local bus to “Kaitaku no Mura” as it was in Japanese. Then a helpful man (after seeing me taking out maps) spoke to me in Japanese (which I don’t understand at all), I just keep on repeating “Kaitaku no Mura” and he lead me to the actual bus stop. People are very friendly and helpful.

      Think you can rest your mind. And if do have difficulty, just treat it as an adventure and ask around with the younger Japanese, they do understand simple English. 🙂

    • Hi Hao XIang, glad that it’s of help. In my opinion, Hokkaido is more of sight and sound rather than city or shopping. But, still you can be assured that it’s still tourist friendly with English words in trains, tourist areas, restaurant, etc. There was only one instance where I could not find the local bus to “Kaitaku no Mura” as it was in Japanese. Then a helpful man (after seeing me taking out maps) spoke to me in Japanese (which I don’t understand at all), I just keep on repeating “Kaitaku no Mura” and he lead me to the actual bus stop. People are very friendly and helpful.

      Think you can rest your mind. And if do have difficulty, just treat it as an adventure and ask around with the younger Japanese, they do understand simple English. 🙂