Hakodate

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Hakodate showing heritage elements and a sunset

This large city on Japan’s northernmost island has a medley of architectural styles, spectacular nature and some of the freshest seafood in the country.

Hakodate is one of the largest cities on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Visit this waterfront city to enjoy stunning views, fresh seafood and a variety of cultural attractions. Hakodate was among the first Japanese harbor cities to open up to international trade following the Edo Period’s self-imposed national isolation from 1615 to 1868. Due to this, the island exhibits significant overseas influence in its architecture and culture.

Stroll through Motomachi, the former residential district of Hakodate’s foreign population. This slice of Europe features a Russian Orthodox Church and the Old British Consulate. Fort Goryokaku, a Western-style citadel in the shape of a star, is one of Hakodate’s most remarkable attractions. It was built at the end of the Edo Period to defend the city against the threat of Western imperialism. By 1910, the fort had lost its military importance and was converted into a public park.

Over a thousand cherry trees line Fort Goryokaku’s moats. Visit in early May to see the blossoms flowering. The Former Magistrate Office sits at the center of the fort. Although the original office was destroyed after the fall of the shogunate, the city meticulously built a reconstruction. To see a bird’s eye view of Fort Goryokaku, ascend to the observation deck of the adjacent Goryokaku Tower.

Make the half-hour trip outside the city to Onuma Park. This Quasi-National Park surrounds Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake. Hike or ride along the lakes’ shorelines on a well-maintained network of trails. Take a boat out to go fishing or sightseeing. The expansive Onuma Lake has 126 islands to explore. The dormant volcano Mount Komagatake serves as the park’s majestic backdrop.

Although Hokkaido is the second largest of Japan’s four primary islands, it is also the least developed. Winters are very cold and snowy, while summers are sunny but mild. Every season, visitors flock to Hokkaido to go skiing, hiking and camping. You can easily reach most of the island’s natural attractions from Hakodate.

Where to stay in Hakodate

JR Inn Hakodate
JR Inn Hakodate
3 out of 5
12-14 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥5,727 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is steps from Ekini Fish Market, Morning Market, and Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru. Hakodate City Office ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (130 reviews)
Quick Stay
"Perfectly located for train travel, food and sightseeing. Modern, clean and a great onsen."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

JR Inn Hakodate
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
3 out of 5
22-1-1 Ohtemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,157 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is steps from Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru, Ekini Fish Market, and Morning Market. Hakodate City Office ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (81 reviews)
"Very fresh and new. Very comfortable and ideal for short trips."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
La Vista Hakodate Bay
La Vista Hakodate Bay
4 out of 5
12-6 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥19,459 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is steps from Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum. Sakamoto Ryoma Museum and Hakodate City ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (720 reviews)
"The breakfast was delicious. It has fresh mixed fruit which contains kiwi. I’m allergic to kiwi so they made me some without it upon my request. The rooms are nice and modern but I wish the bathrooms in the rooms came with more amenities."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

La Vista Hakodate Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Condominium Stella Site
Condominium Stella Site
3 out of 5
16-1, Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥12,240 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated in Hakodate, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Morning Market, Ekini Fish Market, and Hakodate City Office. Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"The Staff was really very helpful and polite. They even provide frozen mac n cheese in case guest are hungry in the middle of the night. Location was great! Very near train and bus station (less then 10 mins walk). Tram station is just beside the hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Condominium Stella Site
Private beach 20 minutes from the airport Large do - seaside in OYASU / Hakodate Hokkaido
Private beach 20 minutes from the airport Large do - seaside in OYASU / Hakodate Hokkaido
Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture
The price is ¥12,320 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated in Hakodate, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Zenikame Hachiman Shrine, Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, and Yunokawa Onsen. Yukura Shrine ...
Private beach 20 minutes from the airport Large do - seaside in OYASU / Hakodate Hokkaido
La Cachette
La Cachette
4.5 out of 5
Yukawa-cho 2-chome, 17-6, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥76,000 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Situated in Hakodate, this luxury vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Yukura Shrine and Yunokawa Onsen. Yunokawa Hot Spring and Hakodate Tropical Botanical ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"This place is a rare gem! The check in and out was seamless. The amenities are amazing, which btw includes free rental of bikes :) and a personal hot spring! Just amazing! Thank you for hosting us."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

La Cachette
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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