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

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-10 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,903 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kanemori Red Brick ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (617 reviews)
Nice get away.
"Kokusai is a very nice hotel. It is conveniently located not far from a streetcar stop and a few restaurants."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
3 out of 5
22-1-1 Ohtemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥9,426 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (166 reviews)
"The views from the onsen are totally worth it :)"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari Hewitt Resort
Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari Hewitt Resort
3.5 out of 5
Yunokawa 3-9-20, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥14,691 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden and Yunokawa Hot Spring. Yunokawa Onsen and Yukura Shrine ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (46 reviews)
"This is a brand new facility. The level of cleanliness is outstanding. The open bath from roof of the building offers unforgettable views. Food is gorgeous. Overall, excellent value for money!"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari Hewitt Resort
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Condominium Stella Site
Condominium Stella Site
3 out of 5
16-1, Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥10,080 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in Hakodate, this condo building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Morning Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Fort Goryokaku. Mount ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (68 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
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
3.5 out of 5
Suehiro-cho 1-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥45,000 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in the heart of Hakodate, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sakamoto Ryoma Museum, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and Mount Hakodate. Hakodate ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Excellent stay and near attractions
"Convenient to walk to most attraction like Kanemori warehouse, ropeway to Mt Hakodate and Motomachi. Room is spacious and clean. Staff is very nice and helpful!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
La Cachette
La Cachette
4.5 out of 5
Yukawa-cho 2-chome, 17-6, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥80,000 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Situated in Hakodate, this luxury vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Yukura Shrine and Yunokawa Hot Spring. Fort Goryokaku is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
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
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