My grandparents moved into Hakodate from Sado Island of Niigata Pref. more than 100 years ago. After studying at college, I worked in Tokyo for about 20 years. Then I studied in the USA, returning to my hometown in the turn of the century.
I have been a tour guide for 10 years. Working as a guide, I have learned a lot about history of Hakodate and Japan, especially in the 19th century. I also found Hakodate has a lot to offer to tourists. I'd like to share attractions of my hometown with you.
Hakodate is a moderate city with a population of 270, 000, lying on a unique landscape formed by a small land-tied island. The landscape is what attracted people, developing a small settlement into one of the most popular tourist cities in Japan. You can have a fine panorama of the city from the top of Mt. Hakodate.
Hakodate has a history of more than 200 years as a town of Japanese people, rather long compared with other major cities in Hokkaido. During the 200 years, Hakodate saw the last battle between the samurai and the modern government forces, and then the inflow of Western culture. You can see the star-shaped fort constructed 150 years ago to protect the samurai government's office at Goryokaku. Buildings in the Motomachi area tell what Hakodate was like at its height.
Hakodate is famous for its fresh seafood. At the Morning Market, you can taste seashells and squid that are cooked in front of you. Or you can get Konbu kelp that is Hakodate's specialty and that makes basic broth for Japanese food.
My interests are history, plants, especially bonzai, and sumo wrestling.
Please feel free to contact and tell me what you expect from Hakodate. I can surely meet what you want to make your stay in Hakodate really special and enjoyable.
A Recent Review of this guide
Ms Fumiko went the extra mile of waiting for us at the train station and helped us to check into our hotel at Hakodate prior to our tour. She is very knowledgeable and her friendly disposition made our tour a very enjoyable one.
Licensed National Guide (English)
Certificate of Achievement in Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages from Western Washington University, USA
B.A. in Agriculture from Utsunomiya University
B.A. in Linguistics from Western Washington University, WA, USA