One of Japan’s first international trade ports opened in 1854, Hakodate is a romantic port town with an East-meets-West culture, historic buildings, lively markets, fresh seafood and coastal onsen. Motomachi district on a scenic hillside keeps a nostalgic atmosphere. Goryokaku has Japan’s first Western-style fort. We recommend you to spend two days in the city and admire a romantic night view from Hakodate-yama.
TO DO 01
Seeing Spectacular Night View From Hakodate-yama
This small mountain boasts one of world’s most beautiful night views, which looks like big wings crossing the ocean. You will find some old gun batteries around the ridge line.
TO DO 02
Walking Motomachi’s Historic Heart & Scenic Slopes
At the foothills of Hakodate-yama overlooking the harbor, Motomachi is a great strolling district with scenic slopes, elegant Western-style buildings, churches and temples.
TO DO 03
Wandering Through the Bay Area
Hakodate’s historic waterfront area is dotted with warehouses, restaurants and bars. A good starting place for stroll the town is the lively Asa-ichi (morning market) facing JR Hakodate Station.
TO DO 04
Discovering Hakodate Park & Yachigashira
Sandwiched between the Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate-yama, Yachigashira can be easily explored on foot from Motomachi. Visiting the ocean-view Hakodate Park and the atmospheric Hachiman-gu shrine, then soaking in the public bathhouse.
TO DO 05
Gazing in Goryokaku Fortless
Goryokaku was Japan’s first Western-style fort built in 1864 and some 1600 beautiful cherry trees bloom in spring. Looking down on the star-shaped park from Goryokaku Park.
TO DO 06
Soaking in the Seaside Yunokawa Onsen
One of Hokkaido’s oldest and largest onsen resorts lie along the Tsugaru Strait. You will see fantastic views of the fishing boats’ light.