After my New Years pit stop in Sendai, I continued north to Hakodate. My plan was to keep going north until I couldn’t go any further, or until it got too cold, since I was traveling in the middle of winter. I chose Hakodate because one of the friends I made while I was staying in Hai Phong, Vietnam over Christmas, Peter, told me about this city and said he studied abroad here and it was a great little town. I loved that it wasn’t a huge touristy city so that I could explore it myself instead of follow in so many other traveler’s footsteps.
It was such a cozy city that I ended up extending my stay here for a couple days to slow down, enjoy the snow, wander the city, the beaches and see the snow monkeys.
I was in Hakodate between January 1st, 2019 - January 5th, 2019. Originally I was going to explore Hokkaido more and contiune north to Sapporo, but it was getting too cold and snowy. I instead looped back down to Tokyo to take a break from the travel and the cold. I stayed in Tokyo again between January 5th, 2019 - January 10th, 2019 and just lived normal days. I hung out with some friends that happened to be vacationing in the city, I bought some new glasses, worked on my blog, thought about my trip so far and thought about where it could go from here. It was the first time I started seriously thinking about how long I wanted to travel for, and when I was going to go home.