5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerOct 23, 2019
Safe , quiet . The morning market was really good .
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.
Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019
Reviewed on Nov 6, 2019
Appreciate captivating views of Hakodate’s skyline, surrounding coast and glittering city lights from atop this central city mountain, accessible via a scenic cable car.
Enjoy a unique overlook of Hakodate’s city skyline, surrounding mountain ranges and distant coastline from this modern observation tower and history gallery.
Walk around the enchanting grounds of this repurposed military fort shaped like a star and see historic architecture and magnificent cherry blossoms in springtime.
Start your day with delectable fruit, vegetables and freshly made breakfast in this buzzing market selling Hakodate’s freshest seasonal produce and seafood.
Enjoy an outing to Hakodate Ropeway during your stay in Hakodate. While in this walkable area, find time to visit its shops.
Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward in Hakodate. While in this walkable area, find time to visit its shops.
Airport taxi from Hakodate Airport to Noboribetu Onsen (Noboribetsu Hot Spring) . Our small taxis can accommodate up to four passengers, but as foreign visitors often arrive with a lot of luggage and our trunks can only fit two suitcases, we ask that customers use one taxi for two passengers.
Airport taxi services From Hakodate Airport to New Chitose Airport. Our small taxis can accommodate up to four passengers, but as foreign visitors often arrive with a lot of luggage and our trunks can only fit two suitcases, we ask that customers use one taxi for two passengers.
Airport taxi services From Hakodate Airport to Otaru Station. Our small taxis can accommodate up to four passengers, but as foreign visitors often arrive with a lot of luggage and our trunks can only fit two suitcases, we ask that customers use one taxi for two passengers.
Verified travelerMay 27, 2019
The two day bus and! tram pass was worth it