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“Great Location”

Trappistine Monasteries
Reviewed 27 October 2016

There was very little beyond a small exhibition room and a shop that sells goods produced at the monasteries. The location itself is wonderful since it takes you out of the city into a more rural setting.

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

No admission fee and you're free to walk the grounds of this lovely little place. The buildings tell the story of Trappists in Hakodate, including what sort of things they do today.

In the gift shop you can buy cookies that the nuns bake - I made sure to get some!

If you're driving, there's a parking lot directly below that charges 300 yen (about 3 USD).

2  Thank Frank S
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We parked just before the monastery car park, which charges 300yen per entrance. As we walk towards the monastery, we realize there is another further down the road which charges 200yen. Entrance to the monastery is free.
Several figures on stone line the path as you enter, along with brick buildings at the side, with well trimmed plants and trees. Stairways leads to m the main building. The main building is closed to public. Viewing is from outside only. There is a museum in another building that displays the history of the museum, together with a gift shop. A good place to just relax

1  Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Visited 8 May 2016.

Took the Goryokaku Tower and Trappistine Convent shuttle bus that came from Bus Stop No. 4 at the bus terminal in front of Hakodate Station. We were at goryokaku tower so we actually boarded from the tower to head to the convent. It's about a 20 minute ride. You can find out the different buses bound for many different attractions available in Hakodate by googling Hakodate Bus and find the search result with UU-Hokkaido. The bus alights right in front of the convent. Make sure to read the display on the front of the bus so that you don't accidentally take the wrong bus as the bus bound for Hakodate Airport takes you to the convent while the bus bound for Hakodate Station takes you away from the convent. This is important as if you're either at the Goryokaku Tower stop or the Trappistine Convent stop, both the to and fro buses stop at the same bus stop (and not like a bus stop opposite the road which is usually the case for buses), so you do not want to be taking a bus that is going the opposite direction from where you want to go.

The area is pretty small and easily explored within 30 minutes. But it is quite beautiful as the garden has many colours. There was also a beautiful cherry blossom tree in the court yard. Beside the souvenir shop is a small museum (free) talking about the history of the place, though not all exhibits have english translations.

The car park is opposite the main entrance of the convent, where the Forest shop is located which is said to have very good ice-cream. We didn't actually try it as when we exited from the entrance, the return bus was there so we just got on it immediately.

It's a beautiful place, but a little out of the way to visit. So unless you have a one-day bus pass like we did, or you're driving, it may not be so wise to visit this place since there's not really anything else in the area.

4  Thank yijiaa2016
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The sakuras were in full bloom at this beautifully landscaped and well maintained convent at the top of a hill. Interesting handmade crafts and tempting snacks were on sale in the same building where one could trace its brief history. The place is definitely worth a visit when in Hakodate.

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