Hakodate is at the heart of southern Hokkaido, and is also the southern gateway to Honshu. With its long history, world-famous night views and unique architectural style, Hakodate has become a must-see place in Hokkaido.
Hakodate is one of three seaports, initially opened for foreign trade. Motomachi is the best place from which to recall that period of time. With the opening of Hakodate, Motomachi became bustling for a while. It still retains a lot of Western-style buildings with exotic features, including all kinds of churches, consulates and a variety of Western-style houses.
Climb up from Motomachi to Hakodate Hill, and reward yourself with the views from the 334-meter tall observatory tower. The coastline is littered with colorful city lights. The beautiful sights will set your heart aflutter. From the end of April to early May, Hokkaido Goryokaku Park blossoms with sakura. Head up to the observatory to soak it all in.
Also do not forget the authentic Hakodate cuisine. Try out the super-popular local clown-themed hamburger chain Lucky Pierrot and the Hakodate salt ramen!
Kikuyo Shokudo Honten
Kikuyo Shokudo is a Japanese seafood restaurant located among the shops of Hakodate's Morning Market, just south of Hakodate station.
Hakodate Morning Market
Located close to Hakodate station, Hakodate Morning Market provides great seafood thanks to Hokkaido's abundant fishing grounds. The market itself opens at 5AM and visitors can later enjoy sushis and ramen at the "Donburi Yokocho Ichiba" located next to the ma
Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru
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Located just steps away from the Hakodate morning market, Kaikoubo serves fresh seafood dishes all day long.
Pastry Snaffle's (Hakodate Station)
Pastry Snaffle’s is a Hakodate dessert shop with several branches in Hokkaido and throughout Asia.
located within a 5 minute walk from Hakodate station, Gyosanko is a seafood Izakaya specializing in sashimi, but has cooked dishes as well.
Daimon Yokocho is an arcade where a lot of traditional Japanese restaurants are located.
Snaffle's is a pastry shop chain based in Hokkaido with several locations in Hakodate and one in Tokyo. This particular shop is located in the Kanemori Youbutsukan.
Hakodate Beer Hall
Hakodate Beer Hall serves three local brews: wheat beer, ale, and "alt" beer as well as some seafood specialties.
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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The Milkissimo head store is a gelato/ice cream shop located in Hakodate city. The Milkissimo company has other shops located throughout Japan.
Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples
The collection at the Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples examines the history and culture of the Ainu, Hokkaido's indigenous people.
Gotoken Restaurant Yukikawatei
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Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi is located a 5-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station and a 7-minute drive from Hakodate Ropeway Sanroku Station. It offers a massage service at an extra charge, and rooms come with free Wi-Fi.
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts
A 3-minute walk from Hakodate Station, Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts offers rooms with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a balcony, a living area and a kitchenette.
Hotel New Ohte
Hotel New Ohte is centrally located in the city, right across from Hakodate Station’s West Exit. It offers affordable rooms, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi internet access. New Ohte Hotel lies next to Hakodate Morning Market.
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate
Offering modern Western-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate is a minute's walk from JR Hakodate Train Station. It features a buffet restaurant with a show kitchen and massage services.
Aqua Garden Hotel Hakodate
Aqua Garden Hotel Hakodate is a 5-minute walk from JR Hakodate Train Station and has a Japanese restaurant. The air-conditioned rooms include an LCD TV, while some rooms have free wired internet access. Parking is free.
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel
A 7-minute walk from JR Hakodate Train Station, Hakodate Kokusai Hotel's West Wing offers a coastal view, while the East Wing offers a view of Hakodate City. It features massage services and free in-room wired internet access.
Located on a 3-minute walk from Hakodate Station, the Resol offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and free wired internet access. It is also a 3-minute walk from popular Hakodate morning market. Free WiFi is available throughout the