5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerDec 8, 2019
The bus system is very convenient and everything is closely located. The only note is to make sure if you are coming in the Shinkansen, is to take the line to/from Shin Hakodate.
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.
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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.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hakodate, Hakodate, Hokkaido Hopping 3 local Izakaya(Bar) in Goryokaku Duration: 1 hour
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: 函館魚市場(株), 27-6 Toyokawachō, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0065, Japan →Start fish auction at 6 am (It takes about 20-60 min depends on number of fishes) →Look around inside fish auction place Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Hakodate Morning Market, JR Hakodate Station, Hakodate Hokkaido I will show you and explain about Morning market.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Mount Hakodate, Hakodate 040-0000 Hokkaido This tour includes the visit to historic and hidden fortresses. I will also take you to a special view from Mt. Hakodate even in the daytime! D
Verified travelerJun 25, 2019