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Even Edo is not as busy as Esashi in May
-The town made prosperous by herring-

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Below the coastal terrace of Esashi, merchant homes line the main street and display their guild names on noren (doorway curtains), signboards, and traditional white plaster walls.
Along the gently sloping topography that leads to the port, traditional warehouses, arranged like steps, suggest the port’s long and historic association with the sea.
From the 17th century to the Meiji era (1868-1912), the port of Esashi prospered from the herring fishery and related processed fish products.
The trade volume was so great that it was famously declared, “Even Edo isn’t as busy as Esashi in May.” The prosperity created by the herring fishery trade and the culture that has been passed down from the Edo period (1603-1868) is still very much alive in Esashi.
Visitors can stroll through the historic streetscapes of this famous port town, taking in its quiet atmosphere and enjoy a bowl of the local speciality, herring soba.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Esashi Town(Hokkaido)

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tohoku・Hokkaido Shinkansen)~JR Hakodate-Hokuto Sta.(Bus Approx. 1hr15min)~Esashi Town
    • JR Sendai Sta.(Tohoku・Hokkaido Shinkansen)~JR Hakodate-Hokuto Sta.(Bus Approx. 1hr15min)~Esashi Town
  • Car
    • Hakodate City~Esashi Town(Approx. 70km)
    • Sapporo City~Esashi Town(Approx. 300km)
  • Airplane
    • New Chitose Airport(Approx. 40min)~Hakodate Airport(Bus Approx. 20min)~Hakodate Sta.(Bus Approx. 2hr15min)~Esashi Town
    • Okadama Airport(Approx. 45min)~Hakodate Airport(Bus Approx. 20min)~Hakodate Sta.(Bus Approx. 2hr15min)~Esashi Town
    • Haneda Airport(Approx. 1hr20min)~Hakodate Airport(Bus Approx. 20min)~Hakodate Sta.(Bus Approx. 2hr15min)~Esashi Town

CONTACT

  • Esashi Town Oiwake Tourist Division
  • TEL:0139-52-6716

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Even Edo is not as busy as Esashi in May

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