Today, it will be an 8-hour roundtrip train ride from Hakodate to Sapporo and back.
Hokkaido means northern sea circuit, and is the second largest island of Japan. First, Japan is much smaller than the USA, about the size of California:
In comparison, it's about 540 miles from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station to Tokyo Station, and the Shinkansen (bullet train) takes 4.5 hours, or an average of 120 MPH. That driving time is said to be 12 hours.
American Commodore Matthew Perry, who entered Tokyo Bay with four ships in 1853 and ended the 200 year blockade of the country.
Clark was a successful colonel in the Civil War, who became president of what now is the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Unfortunately, after he left Japan, he became with involved in several silver mines, which destroyed his reputation and finances, ruining his health. He passed away in 1886.
The peak is probably a week or two away, but there were spots of beauty:
Here is a tree with character:
I then went to Nakajima Park:
Time was running out, so I walked by Sapporo Tower and the Clock Tower:
That is a giant fish cake at the top. Fabulous, but I actually could not finish this meal.
Tomorrow, I'm off for Nagoya.
Oh, oh, a very powerful typhoon is heading toward Japan:
Still a tropical storm, Lan will become a Category 3. I'm leaving Tokyo in a week for Bangkok, and hopefully will be gone by the time he gets here. Stay tuned.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Ophelia should still be at Category 1 when she makes landfall today:
Will she be more severe than the Great Storm off 1987?