When you are walking around Yachigashira-area.../谷地頭を散歩するなら...
Getting off a streetcar at the last stop, Yachigashira, five-minutes walk takes you to Hakodate Hachimangu Shinto Shrine. When I went to the shrine on January 4th, it has already regained its usual seren atmosphere. 谷地頭の終点で電車を降り、５分ほど歩くと函館八幡宮があります。今月４日に訪れると、もういつもの静かな空気を取り戻していました。
Before getting married, I used to visit this shrine on New Year's Morning. So I feel something uneasy if I don't pay a visit to the shrine during the New Year Holiday.
When I visited there, I wanted to go to a bathroom. I knew there was a comfort station on its precincts, but didn't want to use it. Because I believed it should be really cold inside. But it was not. I found for the fist time that it was really comfortable even in winter!! Moreover, it was a western style toilet. It's for ladies and I don't know about the gentlemen.
While you are strolling around Yachigashira area and when you feel like using a bathroom, just go to the comfort station of Hakodate Hachimangu Shinto Shrine.
Backyard of the shrine leads to a bird sanctuary which is spreading on the mountain foot. It's good to drop on it before taking one of the mountain trails.
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。