Hakodate

Travel Guide
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

Hotel Paco Hakodate
Hotel Paco Hakodate
3.5 out of 5
Omori-cho 25-3, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0034
The price is ¥6,127 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and hot springs on site. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Great room, later checkout time, easy access"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Hotel Paco Hakodate
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
3.5 out of 5
Wakamatsucho, 12-8, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0063
The price is ¥7,073 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (187 reviews)
"Some trouble with the Air conditioner, otherwise excellent in all ways. Great breakfast with many choices."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
3.5 out of 5
5-10 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0064
The price is ¥11,918 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (644 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
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, 040-0063
The price is ¥11,466 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star condo in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (71 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
SINORI205
SINORI205
3.5 out of 5
Shinoricho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 042-0923
The price is ¥15,750 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 3.5-star beach vacation home in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Yunokawa Hot Spring and Fort Goryokaku ...
SINORI205
KODATEL Hakodate Seaside - KODATEL Hakodate Seaside / Hakodate Hokkaido
KODATEL Hakodate Seaside - KODATEL Hakodate Seaside / Hakodate Hokkaido
Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture
The price is ¥22,512 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this vacation home in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Fort Goryokaku and Yunokawa Hot Spring are located nearby. ...
KODATEL Hakodate Seaside - KODATEL Hakodate Seaside / Hakodate Hokkaido
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