History and Culture
Esashi is located on the Sea of Japan side, 70 kilometers or 15 miles from Hakodate, taking 1. 5 hours by car.
It thrived as a fishing and trading town for 100 years until the beginning of the 20th century.
There are wooden houses built 200 years ago, which consist of shop space, warehouses and living space, typical of ones of wealthy merchants those days there.
Esashi-oiwake is a folk song brought by boatmen. Its short words are sung with skilful vibratos.
Kamome-jima Island prevents strong northwesterly wind in winter, making the inland side sea a natural port.
Bonsai is a potted dwarf tree. We visit a farmer who has about 100 of them.
The Kaiyomaru Museum. The Kaiyomaru was the Tokugawa shogunate's warship built 150 years ago. She was stranded on the coast and sank. Reproduced ship has 3000 items recovered from the warship sunk 150 years ago.
Meet at your hotel lobby.
Drive to Esashi. On the way, we stop at Assabu Michi-no-eki.
Visit Esasi-oiwake Museum.
Visit the Bonsai farmer.
Visit Kamome-jima Island.
Visit Kaiyomaru Museum.
Drive back to Hakodate.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
We hire a taxi.
Van-type taxi have a capacity of 8 tourists.
Secan taxi is good for 2 tourists.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2800 Japanese yen - Admission to Esashi-oiwake Museum 500 yen, Kaiyomaru Museum 500 yen and Former Nakamura Residence 300 yen.
1500 yen for lunch
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks