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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

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 ¥5,467 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ekini Fish Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate is 2.8 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (91 reviews)
recommended
"Clean, comfortable, connected to the railway station, large sized bathroom on top of building was great. Only thing unsatisfied was the view from my room facing the wall of the station. If the room was above 3rd floor, it was different."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

JR Inn Hakodate
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
3 out of 5
22-1-1 Ohtemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥6,804 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
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 Goryokaku Tower and Mount ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)
"Wonderful location and great breakfast option for the Morning Market."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
3.5 out of 5
Wakamatsucho, 12-8, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥6,400 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morning Market and Ekini Fish Market. Hakodate Ropeway and Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (124 reviews)
Comfortable hotel with design touch
"Clean, comfortable, and nicely designed."

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
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 ¥11,970 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in Hakodate, this condo building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Morning Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (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
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
3.5 out of 5
Suehiro-cho 1-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥17,625 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in the heart of Hakodate, this condo building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sakamoto Ryoma Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mount Hakodate. Hakodate Ropeway ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (44 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
HILLS TERRACE HAKODATE
HILLS TERRACE HAKODATE
3 out of 5
515-11, Komagatake, Mori, Hokkaido
Situated in Mori, this vacation home is 6.2 mi (10 km) from Onuma Quasi-National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hokkaido Country Club Onuma Course and Mt. ...
HILLS TERRACE HAKODATE
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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