The Trappistine convent was established by eight nuns from France and built in 1898 to house only nuns. Today, there are about 70 nuns, under the commandment of St. Benedict, supporting themselves in divine devotion by managing dry field and dairy farms. They practice self-sufficiency, rising at 03:30 and sleeping at 19:45. While they are awake, they work for eight hours and also pray for eight hours. They keep their silence except for prayers and hymns. There are branch convents in Nishinomiya Hyogo, Imari Saga, Nasu Tochigi, and Miyako-jima Okinawa.
The convent’s beautiful brick building with a green roof contrasts with the religious institution it houses. Visitors cannot enter the convent, but there are photographs displayed in the reference room (for visitors) that depict its history and the “life in worship.” The convent’s store also offers delicious home-made biscuits (also available in stores around town), sweets, and butter, as well as crafts such as dolls.
About 2,500 yen ride by taxi from JR Hakodate station. Five minutes from Hakodate Airport. There are bus routes, but it is about 15 minutes walk from any station near by.