Rugged sea cliff, peaceful lakes, volcanic mountains and relaxing onsen, the region around Hakodate making for a popular excursion and also easily accessible from the shinkansen station. Onuma Quasi-National Park is Southern Hokkaido’s top resort that offers graceful holiday, such as cycling and skiing. The Kameda Peninsula, juts into the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Hakodate, is an unknown jewel to most international tourists.
TO DO 01
Spending an Extra Days in the Picturesque Onuma Park
Onuma Park is Southern Hokkaido’s most popular and picturesque resort that is designated as a quasi-national park. The volcanic mountain Koma-ga-take and its peaceful lakes offer good for cruise, camping, cycling and hiking.
TO DO 02
Exploring the Sacred Volcano, Cape & Onsen in Esan
The sacred active volcano E-san (618m) is covered with about 600,000 azaleas in the late spring. Esan-misaki is the prettiest cape of Southern Hokkaido. Getting into the open-air onsen by the sea.
TO DO 03
Following Minamikayabe’s Jomon Sites
Rugged sea cliff, Jomon archaeological sites, nostalgic fishing villages and dramatic headlands, the Kameda Peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Hakodate.
TO DO 04
Stopping by Oshamanbe for Onsen & Kani-meshi
Halfway between Sapporo and Hakodate, this coastal town is a major rail junction in Southern Hokkaido. Oshamanbe offers traveler-friendly shokudo, tasty kani-meshi (crab meat and rice) onsen to keep you amused between train connections.
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GETTING THERE & AROUND
TRAIN: The Hokkaido Shinkansen Hayabusa runs hourly from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4hrs / ¥23,230). Limited express train runs roughly every hour between Hakodate and Sapporo, stopping at Oshamanbe, Yakumo, Mori, Onuma-koen and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.
BUS: All local buses are operated by Hakodate Bus (函館バス: IC cards are available for use) and the region’s all towns are connected by bus from Hakodate. Highway buses service from Sapporo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station (8 daily / 5hrs / ¥4900).