Hashitate

Straying from its well-known fishing port into the heart of Hashitate, one quickly finds oneself wandering through a very rare and elegant townscape, slightly winding paved streets framed with elegant wooden fences enclosing traditionally designed houses. These splendid residences are the living memory of a great human adventure that took place over two and a half centuries: the rise and blaze of glory of the Kitamaebune merchant vessels route, which, during the seclusion of Japan, joined the port of Osaka to the most northern part of the archipelago, along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

  • Kitamaebune Ship Museum

    Kitamaebune (north-bound ships) were trading vessel companies...

  • Zorokuen

    The town of Hashitate was once a port of call for many Kitamaebune...

  • Hashitate Fishing port

    A great variety of seafood is unloaded at this peaceful and very...

  • Kasa no Misaki Point

    Easily recognizable by its white lighthouse, Kasa no Misaki Point...

  • Amagozen Cape

    Yet another splendid spot on the Sea of Japan, it is often associated...