Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Day 208 At Sea
Today was fairly laid back… The weather was nice but a bit chilly. Tomorrow we will be arriving into Hakodate Japan very early in the morning. I will be doing a tour of Hakodate which is roughly described by the ship’s description: This morning, visit the Goryokaku Tower—a graceful structure dating back to 1864, built to defend Hokkaido and now surrounded by a public park. Next visit Hakodate Morning Market, which is made up of more than 400 stalls lining the walkways, selling everything from groceries to clothing, souvenirs to shoes, and more! You will also visit the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area, remodeled in 1988 as part of a waterfront area redevelopment with a theme of combining the old and the new. After lunch at local restaurant, take the aerial cableway up Mt. Hakodate. From the top you can look back over the Hakodate Peninsula, viewing the city, the ocean and an endless panorama. Back in town, you will visit the Hakodate Museum of Northern People, housed in the former Bank of Japan building (1926) and exhibiting precious artifacts of the Ainu or Aleut people. Return to the ship at the end of your tour.