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HakodateJapan

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

Top Hotels in Hakodate

La Vista Hakodate Bay
La Vista Hakodate Bay
4 out of 5
12-6 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥9,315 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (670 reviews)
源泉掛け流しの湯

"Fantastic hotspring ever."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

La Vista Hakodate Bay
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae
3 out of 5
19-13, Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥2,858 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is steps from Morning Market and Ekini Fish Market. Hakodate Ropeway and Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward are also within 2 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (226 reviews)
Great stay

"Very conveniently located, it's super close to the train station and morning market. The rooms were clean and well-kept. Would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate
3.5 out of 5
14-10 Wakamatsu-cho, Hakodate
The price is ¥4,526 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Situated in Hakodate, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Morning Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate is 2.8 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"The room size was unexpectedly large for an ekimae hotel. Location was great - across the street from the train station."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Hakodate

Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
3.5 out of 5
Suehiro-cho 1-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,374 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of Hakodate, this apartment 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! (43 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
Condominium Stella Site
Condominium Stella Site
3 out of 5
16-1, Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥7,663 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (65 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
Seikan building 101
Seikan building 101
3 out of 5
Shinkawacho 22-13, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,311 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

Located in Shinkawachō, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Hakodate City Office and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yunokawa Hot Spring and Goryokaku Tower. ...

Seikan building 101
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.

Popular places to visit in Hakodate

Top things to do in Hakodate

Reviews of Hakodate

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Charming and readily walkable, I found Hakodate very similar to cannery row back in Monterey in CA--great food and plenty of quaint retail making adaptive re-use of historic warehouse buildings.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

If you would like to see a historic port town with russian and military influence, this is the place to go to. Things close early, so be sure to go when they are open. It's very cold in the winter, so dress appropriately.

4/5 - Good

Hummingbird

Feb 4, 2020

Loved the atmosphere of the town. Enjoyed riding a cable car. The food at the restaurants were too expensive - tourist price!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Safe , quiet . The morning market was really good .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

Gyorokukan (sp?) next to the tower was excellent - recommend going into the resident museum (¥500) which is newly renovated and informative. Nearby the northern museum was good though limited in the way of English display descriptions.

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