Hakodate & Hiyama e-Brochures

Hakodate & Hiyama e-Brochures

Overview As the crossing point between Hokkaido and Honshu, railway travelers have been passing through this region for over a…

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to (奥尻島) is Southern Hokkaido’s only inhabited island (84km in circumference) covered with serene beech forest. This island has a…

Hiyama Coast and Oiwake Soran Line

Hiyama Coast and Oiwake Soran Line

The coastal Oiwake Soran Line (追分ソーランライン: Route 229) from Esashi to Setana passing the cliffs, sea-sculpted rock formations, scenic beaches…

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 double-peaked…

Kaminokuni Castles and Heritages

Kaminokuni Castles and Heritages

Kaminokuni (上ノ国町) is said that Hokkaido’s first Japanese settlement dates back to 1189. Takeda Nobuhiro, the first lord of the…

Hakodate Minamikayabe Jomon Culture

Hakodate Minamikayabe Jomon Culture

About 30km northeast of Hakodate, Minamikayabe (南茅部) is home of the Jomon-era (縄文時代: 2000 to 9000 years ago) culture and…

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…

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 political center…

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-national park. The volcanic…

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 of Boshin…

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 Napoli, which…