Hakodate (函館) is Hokkaido’s third largest city, located at the island’s southern tip. Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood. As one of the first Japanese harbor cities to be opened to international trade after the country’s era of isolation, Hakodate has experienced notable influence from overseas, and the foreign population’s former residential district and a Western style fort are among its main tourist attractions. Hakodate was also the capital of the short-lived Republic of Ezo in the aftermath of the Meiji Restoration [ref]. Below the pictures I took Hakodate around the Red Brick Warehouse, and during the high speed ferry ride to Aomori.