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

Flexstay Inn Hakodate Station
Flexstay Inn Hakodate Station
3 out of 5
20-11 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0063
The price is ¥4,727 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Fort Goryokaku and Yunokawa Hot Spring are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (41 reviews)
"It was clean and near station easy to move anywhere and staff friendly."

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

Flexstay Inn Hakodate Station
JR Inn Hakodate
JR Inn Hakodate
3 out of 5
12-14 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0063
The price is ¥7,841 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Fort Goryokaku and Yunokawa Hot ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (319 reviews)
"The top floor lounge is fantastic."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

JR Inn Hakodate
La Vista Hakodate Bay
La Vista Hakodate Bay
4 out of 5
12-6 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0065
The price is ¥22,242 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (798 reviews)
"Rooms dated. Breakfast buffett superb."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

La Vista Hakodate Bay
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 ¥7,838 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
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! (72 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, 040-0053
The price is ¥14,146 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property condition ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
"とっても良かったです また、泊まりたいです"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
FAV HOTEL HAKODATE
FAV HOTEL HAKODATE
3 out of 5
20-15 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0064
The price is ¥9,091 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Hakodate. Enjoy free WiFi, Netflix, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Fort Goryokaku and Yunokawa Hot Spring are located ...
FAV HOTEL HAKODATE
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