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Hakodate Squid

函館のイカ

Squid Town: Hakodate City

Culture, Events, Food, Summer

Early summer squid; this is a well-known Hakodate specialty. In the nighttime ocean of Hakodate, many squid fishing ships shine brightly on the horizon and the fantastical landscape evokes a summery image. If you’re going to have some fresh squid, why not try out the lively Hakodate Asaichi Morning Market? It’s a food spot where visitors can taste fresh local seafood; for instance, visitors can fish out a squid from the tanks at the morning market and have it made into sashimi.

What’s more, during early August is when Hakodate’s largest summer festival is held. This is when the town becomes immensely bustling with tremendous fireworks displays and events. Ika-Odori (translates to “squid dance”) is a dance that takes place in the form of a parade going down the main street; it’s quite the sight. The dance is so simple that anyone can do it, and there’s also a stage where anyone can participate freely. Why not join in?

 

Hakodate Morning Market

MAPCODE: 86 072 375*30?

Address: 9 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate City

URL: http://www.hakodate-asaichi.com/

 

Hakodate Port Festival

MAPCODE: 86 072 413*20?

Address: 12 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate City

URL: http://www.hakodate-minatomatsuri.org/