Designated as a national special historic site, this beautiful park is the site of Goryokaku Fort. Enjoy the park’s natural setting, which varies every season with cherry blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, autumn colours in the fall and snow in winter.
Explore these great things to see and do in Hakodate, from enjoying the cherry blossoms at the site of Goryokaku Fort to sampling the gourmet options at the Hakodate Morning Market.
Situated close to Hakodate Station, this interesting food market is popular with both tourists and locals.
Located just north of Hakodate, Onuma is a small nature resort area in a quasi-national park, dominated by an active volcano Mt. Komagatake.
A popular sightseeing spot, the Bay area of Hakodate offers extensive views of the city’s attractive port.
Mt. Hakodate sits at the southern end of the narrow peninsular on which much of Hakodate city was built.
The summit sits 618m above sea level and is home to sulphur-belching steam vents and wonderful panoramic views.
The largest summer event in Hakodate, held in early August.
Held from December 1st to late February, Hakodate’s picturesque streets are lit up with around 50,000 lights to create atmospheric night views only seen in the winter.
As a city surrounded by the ocean on three sides, Hakodate’s seafood is as fresh as it comes.
Ramen is one of the most popular dishes in Japan, and comprises of noodles served in a delicious broth.
An attractive building which was used as the British Consulate between 1913 and 1934.
Designated as an important cultural property, the Hakodate Orthodox Church was founded by the Russian Consulate in 1859 and still functions as a church today.
One of Hakodate’s many notable western-style institutions, this impressive building in beautifully manicured grounds serves as a Catholic convent.
Possibly Hakodate’s most iconic buildings, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses are former trading buildings located along the waterfront.
The Old Soma Residence is located next to Motomachi Park and was the private home of a well-known and wealthy merchant called Soma Teppei.
Founded in 1877, the Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Japan (along with ones in Yokohama and Nagasaki).