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Drooping Cherry in Houkiji Temple/法亀寺のしだれ桜

I happened to find this cherry tree when I drove from the site of Hekiriji Garrison to Nanae. It is about 12m high and estimated 300 years old. According to an article in the local news paper, Hokkaido shinbun, it didn't have enough blossoms in the past few years. People thought the cause was poor soil, so supporters of the temple gave fertilizer wishing the tree recover its energy to bloom. This year their efforts bear fruit. The cherry tree was really impressive.

法亀寺しだれ桜
Can you see how tall the cherry is? My husband standing by the tree is about 1.8m./大きさわかります?桜の下に立っている夫は1.8メートルほどです。

法亀寺と桜

Houkiji(Sorry, I'm not sure if the name is correct.) Temple and drooping branches/法亀寺(読み方あってるのかしら?)としだれている枝。

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Cherry Blossom Tunnel for the site of Hekiriji garrison/戸切地陣屋跡へ続く桜トンネル

It was raining and the cherry blossoms bloomed about 20 to 30% on 27th. So 30th or early May will be at their best.
27日は雨。桜の開花状況は2,3割ほど。と、いうわけで30日とか5月上旬が見頃かと。
桜トンネル戸切地編


To get to the site of Hekiriji garrison of Matsumae clan, take national route 228 to the Hokuto City from Hakodate. The route runs along the Hakodate port. When you find the City Hall of Hokuto city, turn right and take the prefectural route 96. After pasing through the Kamiiso Dam, you will find the sign board of Hekiriji garrison on your left. The route 96 has cherry trees both side, so it is also recommendable to drive through when they are in bloom.
函館から松前藩戸切地陣屋跡に行くには函館港沿いの国道228号線を北斗市方向に向かいます。北斗市市役所が現れたら右折し、道道96号線に入ります。上磯ダムを通りすぎると左側に戸切地陣屋跡の看板が見えてきます。道道96号線も桜並木にあるので桜の時期はおすすめなドライブコースです。

Matsumae with 10,000 cherry trees/松前・1万本の桜のまち

Matsumae was the seat of Matsumae clan and you can see the restored castle.
松前城

Matsumae bustles with people that visit the town to see its 10,000 cherry trees from late April through May. It takes about two hours by car from Hakodate, but it's worth visiting especially when their cherry blossoms in bloom.

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Spring has come!/春が来た!

Today, I went to Mt. Hakodate to see spring flowers. I could find many spring flowers there while enjoying birds' twitter. Here are photos I took along the Miyanomori course, one of the mountain trails that is at the back of the Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine.
お花色々

Blue flowers are Ezo-engosaku and yellows are Kibanano-amana. Both are edible. I don't know the name of White flowers.

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Large float museum, Tachineputa no Yakata/立佞武多の館

たちねぷた

Place : 21-1 Oomachi, Goshogawara, Aomori
Tel: 0173-38-3232 Fax: 0173-38-4646
Admission: 600yen for adult, 450yen for highschool students, 250yen for junior and elementary school students.
Open: 9:00~19:00(April-September), from October to March, it closes at 17:00
Holiday: Jan. 1 As for Aug. 4-8, and Aug. 13, and Dec. 31, please consult the museum.
web site: http://www.tachineputa.jp/index.php

It was my second visit to this museum. For the rest of my family, it was the first time and on entering the exhibition room, six-storied building high human shaped huge floats rose before us and I heard my family let out exclamations behind me.

Poweful images play leading role in the summer festival held from 4th through 8th in August. I've never been to the festival, but a friend of mine who went to the festival told me that she had an impression that Godzilla was walking in the town.

I strongly recomment to visit this museum. On the six floor, there is a restaurant with a fine view of the town and on the third floor, there is a studio and you can see how Neputa float is made. If you are interested in this museum, please check its web site.

To Aomori by high-speed ferry/なっちゃんレラで青森へ

nacchan rera

At the beginning of April, I went to Aomori prefecture by newly debuted high-speed ferry, nicknamed Nacchan Rera. A special discount ticket called "Kurumawari" which was offered until the end of March first, but extended until the end of May later. You can't use the discount ticket during Golden Week(Apr.26-May.6), but it costs 20,000yen(about US$200) for a car and five passengers. If your car's capacity is eight, the company offeres the same price. Don't you think it's great price?

The high-speed ferry takes you to Aomori from Hakodate crossing the Tsugaru Straits in two hours. How about going to Aomoiri by your own car?

I'll write about tourist attractions in Aomori in later posts.
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Following is the web site about the discount ticket of Nacchan Rera.
http://www.higashinihon-ferry.com/natchanrera/kurumawari/

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Fureai Yu-yu-kan/ふれあい湯遊館

Address: 285-1 Haraki-cho, Hakodate
About one hour drive from center of Hakodate. Take Route 278 toward Toi-town and turn left after passing through two tunnels.
Tel: 0138-82-2001
Open: 10:00-21:00
Holiday: Every Monday(In case of national holidays fall on Monday, the following day will be closed.)
Fee: 360yen for adult(older than junior highschool students), 150yen for elementary school kids, and 80yen for kids before school age.

You can enjoy Japanese garden while taking a bath. There is no outdoor bath, but there are a jucuzzi, a low temperature bathtub, a 39 degrees bathtub, and sauna room and cold water bathtub. (This information is about women's bathroom.)

This public hot-spring bath house is located by Haraki River and I could find many fish in it. Next to the bathhouse, there is a paid camping area.

In front of the bathhouse building, there is a wooden boat which was used to reenact how people of Jomon period(from about B.C. 30,000 to 300 A.D. in general) crossed the Tsugaru Straits.

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Author:Akiko
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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