Day 6 (31/10/13): Onuma-koen, then Hakodate to Hirosaki. Overnight train to Tokyo. (Part 2)
From Hakodate, it is a 2hr journey via Ltd Exp train to reach Aomori. Then from Aomori, it's another 40mins journey via another Ltd Exp train to reach Hirosaki.
|Hakodate to Aomori via Ltd Exp train.|
|My lunch, bought from a dept store's food hall opposite Hakodate station before I went to catch the train to Aomori.|
|After 2hrs' train journey, finally left Hokkaido and arrived at Aomori in Tohoku.|
|Hirosaki is famous for their apples. Too bad I have a phobia to fruits.|
After depositing my luggage at a coin locker (500yen) at Hirosaki station, I took a short bus ride (100yen) from Hirosaki station to Hirosaki castle.
|Entering Hirosaki castle grounds|
|Autumn fest event|
|Botanical gardens at Hirosaki castle grounds. 300yen admission fees.|
|Back to Hirosaki castle grounds, still looking for the castle.|
|Found it. Hirosaki castle.|
|This place is extremely popular during Sakura season, because when the sakura petals drop into the moat, the moat becomes pink! Well, too bad it was a gloomy autumn day on my visit.|
After leaving Hirosaki castle (I didn't enter the castle itself since need to pay more admission fees) I had a stroll around the area surrounding the castle while walking to the bus stop.
|Bus stop for the 100yen Loop Bus.|
|100yen Loop Bus.|
|Back to Hirosaki station|
Since there's nothing much to shop/eat at Hirosaki station, so I was advised by the tourist info counter's staff to take a short 5mins walk to the nearby Ito Yokoda dept store building for more options. And true enough, there's a dept store there and a couple restaurants and a large supermarket at the basement.
|View of Hirosaki from the top floor of Ito Yokoda building|
|early dinner. Tempura chicken donburi with an Ebi Tempura. 960yen. Nice!|
|The Tempura chicken.|
Had some time to spare before having to catch my 7pm overnight train, so shopped around the dept store for awhile.
|Pokemon mahjong set?|
|Found these at the supermarket. Didn't buy it though, just felt that it's cute.|
|Sold at supermarket too.|
|Yup, 1902hr, that's my train.|
|Train platform at Hirosaki station.|
|Ok, queue here to board the 2nd carriage for Overnight train Akebono.|
|The free berth with JR Pass looks similar to this, but is without curtains. I had to top up about 9000yen for a berth with curtain since all the private cabins as well as the free berths were all full.|
|My berth. Oh, and the friendly train staff.|
|Bought this to snack on from the convenience store before I boarded the train.|