In fact there was something about the whole experience that left me thinking that people were watching me. The four kings of Hakodate (who amongst other things published the first newspaper in Hokkaido... hmmm - I hope their ghosts aren't haunting these pages) collectively stand - and sit - in silent reproach at all us undesirables looking over their old town.
At this time however, we were starting to get a hankering for a mid-morning pick-me-up-coffee. One problem with having a historic district is that they didn't often have cappucino's back then. Not a Starbucks in sight. Having said that we did find a quaint cafe tucked not that far away.
Perhaps the MOST distinctive building in Hakodate is the Russian Orthodox church - seen here with the Hakodateyama lookout as a backdrop. This church is apparently known by locals as the ding-dong church.
This church was first constructed around 1859 - at that time there was very much a thriving trading partnership between Japan and Russia... in only 40 or so years that relationship would come to a bitter end. This church itself was burnt down in a fire, and re-built in 1916... one year before the Russian revolution that would start to tear down the fabric of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Not too far away you find reminders that you are in Japan... and that the Buddhist religion has existed here for about 1,500 years before.