Hakodate & Hiyama Travel Info

Hakodate & Hiyama Travel Info

Overview As the crossing point between Hokkaido and Honshu, railway travelers have been passing through this r…

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to (奥尻島) is Southern Hokkaido’s only inhabited island (84km in circumference) covered with serene bee…

Mori and Nigorikawa Onsen

Mori and Nigorikawa Onsen

About 50km north of Hakodate on the way to Sapporo, Mori (森町) is a bayside forested town overlooking the doubl…

Esashi Oiwake Folk Song

Esashi Oiwake Folk Song

Esashi Oiwake (江差追分) folk song has been singing from the Edo period and is called the ‘king of min’yo (folk so…

Matsumae Castle and Temple Town

Matsumae Castle and Temple Town

Hokkaido’s only castle town, Matsumae (松前) is known as ‘Little Kyoto of the North’, and the former feudal poli…

Onuma Quasi-National Park

Onuma Quasi-National Park

Onuma Park (大沼公園) is Southern Hokkaido’s most popular and picturesque resort that is designated as a quasi-nat…

Hakodate Goryokaku Park

Hakodate Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku (五稜郭) was Japan’s first Western-style fort built in 1864, but it was deserted after the last battle …

Night View from Hakodate-yama

Night View from Hakodate-yama

Hakodate-yama (函館山: 334m) boasts one of the world’s most beautiful night views, as well as Hong Kong and Napol…