We continue with the Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review – Tour Around The Ship… Today arriving in Hakodate northern Japan, after very smooth cruising.
Celebrity Millennium visits Hakodate in Japan 2014
Day 70 – May 12th.
Cruise Day 3 – Hakodate, Japan.
This morning we arrived in Hakodate. We made sure we had a big breakfast so that not to be hungry until later as we planned on spending the day ashore. This was our room service for our first breakfast, before our dining room 2nd breakfast!!
Before heading to the Oceanview cafe for a bit more breakfast, we like to have a cup of tea and a nibble while watching us manoeuvre in to port. In this photo collage you can see Moni in the glass lift, the Oceanview cafe and on the far right, a piece of art that Moni liked, which was next to our table.
Celebrity Millennium docked alongside in Hakodate Japan
We hadn’t booked tours on this cruise and so made our way off the ship not knowing what to expect.
Welcome to Hakodate
When we got off the ship, there were shuttle busses that took you to the centre of town for free.
Hakodate Morning Market Square
A short walk from where the bus drops you off, you find the Hakodate Morning Market Square, where we walked around a bit looking at lots of fresh fish available.
After the market we walked along the roads in Hakodate where I spotted a Black Cat Service Shop where you could deliver your luggage to be forwarded anywhere in Japan. It’s a great service and if you missed my earlier post, you can read about our experience with the luggage forwarding Black Cat Service.
You can see how they often built their premises around trees, and here in Hakodate the signs are shared in English especially the tourist places.
Red Brick Building area in Hakodate
Close by are the Red Brick buildings that house various shops. The local beer house down by the Bay Area where we enjoyed some beer and continued on exploring.
The Red Brick Buildings are close to the water and I can only think that this would have been an area for ship building, that has now turned into a tourist shopping zone, very similar to the Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama.
You could take a cable car ride to the top of the small mountain to take in the views, ride on trams etc. We just walked around the town for 4 hours enjoying the area.
Continuing on our walk, we pass some Tsunami warning signs along the road and a few buildings that are to be used in an emergency. Arriving back at the JR Hakodate station I’m greeted by a bunch of schoolgirls (well not really, I jumped in for a photo).
The shuttle bus then took us back to the ship, where we enjoyed an afternoon burger and beer. Later we freshened up for the evening and then on our rounds we bumped into the Captain of the ship…
Unfortunately the quality of the iPhone photos in low light is not good, I’ll have to look into getting a real camera.
Before dinner we watched the show
It was awesome to say the least, Yulia & Alan Reva performed majestically together with lifts, balance, and strength, holding each other in incredible ways. Yulia was the Russian Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics for many years. They also had some amazing sand art displays on video that worked well with the show.
Dinner in the Metropolitan Restaurant
After dinner it was time for bed.
Tomorrow is going to be our last day in Japan. Our final Japanese destination Muroran.