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Things to Do in Hakodate

Hakodate, 21 May.

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.

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Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park

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.

Hakodate Morning Market

Hakodate Morning Market

Situated close to Hakodate Station, this interesting food market is popular with both tourists and locals.

Onuma-Koen

Onuma Park

Located just north of Hakodate, Onuma is a small nature resort area in a quasi-national park, dominated by an active volcano Mt. Komagatake.

View of Hakodate Port

View of Hakodate Port

A popular sightseeing spot, the Bay area of Hakodate offers extensive views of the city’s attractive port.

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate sits at the southern end of the narrow peninsular on which much of Hakodate city was built.

Mt. Esan

Mt. Esan

The summit sits 618m above sea level and is home to sulphur-belching steam vents and wonderful panoramic views.

Hakodate Illumination

Hakodate Illumination

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.

Seafood Bowl

Seafood Bowl

As a city surrounded by the ocean on three sides, Hakodate’s seafood is as fresh as it comes.

Hakodate Ramen

Hakodate Ramen

Ramen is one of the most popular dishes in Japan, and comprises of noodles served in a delicious broth.

Hakodate Orthodox Church

Hakodate Orthodox Church

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.

Trappistine Monastery

Trappistine Monastery

One of Hakodate’s many notable western-style institutions, this impressive building in beautifully manicured grounds serves as a Catholic convent.

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Possibly Hakodate’s most iconic buildings, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses are former trading buildings located along the waterfront.

Old Soma Residence

Old Soma Residence

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.

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church

Founded in 1877, the Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Japan (along with ones in Yokohama and Nagasaki).