I’ve been experimenting with some photo stitching software, and have created some panoramas from photos that I took in Hakodate a week or so ago. Three of the four were taken from the top of Mt Hakodate, and the fourth along the coastline at Cape Tachimachi, to the south of Mt Hakodate. With a nice sunny day and a little digital enhancement, I think they’ve come up rather well! Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Hakodate is a city on the southern coast of Hokkaido, which used to be a 19th century trading port. There remain foreign influences throughout the city, most visibly in the way of of colonial era buildings. When Commodore Perry succeeded in opening up some trading ports in Japan, Hakodate was one of them. It’s also a very scenic city, so the setting of old western-style buildings overlooking the harbour is a key city feature. (more…)
I’ve been in Hakodate for a bit over am hour, and made a bee line for Mt Hakodate, which has a sensational they over the city. But be careful of those icy footpaths – they’re slippery!