Last weekend, we drove to Esan through Onuma. Mt. Komagatake of Onuma park was snowcapped. We took the road to Shikabe. Last few days, it was warm and snow on the ground may disappear already, I assume. The photo above is the entrance of Shikabe Geyser Park. I love this park because it has a foot bath but we didn't enter on the day. Do you know there is a stone monument to enka? By the black stone monument, there is a board with handprints. If you put your hand on them, Japanese ballad music by Ichiro Toba will start.
After enjoying the gadget(though it's not small), we headed to the Ofune relics. Last time I visited there, there wasn't this restored pit dwelling! I'm interested in the Jomon period and I'd like to visit here again when the museum is open to public. Finally we arrived at the destination of the day. It was Yamasedomari Fishing port and the photo is Mt. Esan seen from the port. The port has an observatory deck and it was a fine day and I could see Aomori prefecture over the Tsugaru channel.
On the way back to Hakodate, we dropped by the closest point between Hokkaido and Honshu. It's amazing that people in Jomon period cross this channel by rowboat. The photo above is Mt. Hakodate in the twilight.
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。