Hakodate

As one of the most ancient ports in Japan, Hakodate serves as the southern gateway to Hokkaido and features an exotic streetscape. Enjoy Hakodate, which is filled with hot spots, such as historic buildings, beautiful seasonal landscapes, fresh food, and hot springs, to the fullest.

Basic Information

Population275,457 (as of the end of July 2012)
Area677.95 km2 (as of July 20, 2011)
LocationLongitude 140 degrees, 44 minutes east and latitude 41 degrees, 46 minutes north (City Hall)

Access Information

By Airplane
From Tokyo to Hakodate: Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes
From Nagoya to Hakodate: Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
From Osaka to Hakodate:Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes
From Sapporo to Hakodate:Approx. 35 minutes
From Taipei, Taiwan, to Hakodate:Approx. 4 hours
From Seoul, South Korea, to Hakodate:Approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes
By Train
From Tokyo to Hakodate:Approx. 6 hours
From Sapporo to Hakodate:Approx. 3 hours and 20 minutes
By Ferry
From Aomori to Hakodate:Approx. 4 hours
From Oma to Hakodate:Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes

Tourist Attractions

Night View from Mt. Hakodate

Night View
from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate’s night view is one of the world’s must-see night views. Don’t miss it!

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Yunokawa Hot Springs

Yunokawa Hot Springs This is a quiet, high-quality hot springs spa where time passes at a leisurely pace, allowing visitors to fully relax.

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Hakodate Morning Market

Hakodate Morning Market This is an early-morning market where more than 300 stores and restaurants offer fresh fish and shellfish, vegetables, and seafood dishes.

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Special Historic Site Goryokaku

Special Historic Site Goryokaku Goryokaku is a star-shaped fort designated as a special historic site. Visitors can enjoy a full view of the fort and cityscape from the nearby Goryokaku Tower..

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Bay Area

Bay Area The Bay Area features attractive port scenery viewed from the time-honored red brick warehouses. Visitors can also enjoy souvenir shopping here.

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Motomachi District

Motomachi District The Motomachi District showcases a beautiful exotic townscape with Western-style buildings and slopes.

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Hakodate Sightseeing Video Guide

Gourmet Food Information

Gourmet Food Information

Full of goodies that only Hakodate can offer! Hakodate is rich in fresh vegetables and dairy products as well as seafood. Visitors can also enjoy local beer and sake.

Gourmet Food Information

Sushi and Kaisen-don Hakodate is blessed with fresh fish and shellfish as it is surrounded by water on three sides. Try sushi and kaisen-don, a bowl of rice topped with fish and shellfish fresh from the sea.

Gourmet Food Information

Ramen Ramen is one of the popular Japanese noodle dishes. The flavor of the broth varies from region to region. Ramen in Hakodate features a plain salt-flavored soup.

Four Seasons and Events

Summer

Many people visit Hakodate in summer for relief from the heat. In July and August, outdoor festivals, firework displays, and parades are held, creating a festive mood. Summer Summer

Hakodate Minato Matsuri

[Festival Period] August 1 to 5

Autumn

In autumn, leaves start changing colors around October, showcasing the beautiful autumnal tints. Autumn

Autumnal tints

[Best time to see]
Late October to mid-November

Winter

In Hakodate, snow starts falling around November and fast transforms the city into a fantastic land of snow. Winter

Hakodate Christmas Fantasy

[Event Period] December 1 to 25 Winter

Hakodate Illumination

[Illumination Period]
December 1 to the end of February

Spring

From late April to mid-May is the cherry blossom season. Many people come to view the beautiful cherry blossoms. Spring

Cherry Blossoms

[Best Season]
Late April to mid-May

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