Hakodate is a large Japanese city located at the southern end of Hokkaido.
Mount Hakodate has 360′ views of the surrounding bay and city. The location can be reached by road or ropeway.
Goryōkaku park is a star-shaped fort built in the 1800s that’s now famous for its cherry blossom viewing in spring.
Goryōkaku Tower has a 107 metre observatory with views of Goryōkaku park, city buildings, and harbour.
Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market) is famous for its squid, Hairy Crab and seafood rice bowl.
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is a European-style building which housed the government in the early 1900’s.
The Bay Area is known for its beautiful old red-brick buildings that have been converted into a unique shopping mall.
Hakodate was one of Japan’s first ports to open up to world trade. As a result the city has a diversity of faith locations including Hakodategokoku Shrine, Orthodox Church, Motomachi Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s Church, and Trappistine Monastery.
Lucky Pierrot is a wacky burger joint that would work well for a horror movie.
The Port Festival takes place in August.
Getting There & Around
The city is well serviced with a local airport, fast trains (shinkansen), ferries, and by road. Getting around the city is best done by van. There is also a well run streetcar and bus network.
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