Hakodate - Japan Travel Guide - Japanspecialist


Authentic harbour town with beautiful views and delicious food.

About Hakodate
Hakodate is a cosy port city on the southern tip of the northern island of Hokkaido. It is Hokkaido's third-largest city. The city is not so well known by foreign tourists, yet it boasts one of Japan's most beautiful sights.

Cosy city atmosphere and stunning mountain views
This was one of the first Japanese cities to allow foreign trade, and the international element can still be seen in the architecture - especially the former foreign neighbourhood and the city's old fort, which looks very much like many European forts. If you are in the city in early May during cherry blossoms season, visit the fort – seeing it turned into a pink star is a marvellous sight! A must-see any time of the year is Mount Hakodate - a 334 metres high mountain that you can reach by either car or ropeway. The view from here is officially one of Japan's three most beautiful and it is especially recommended after dark when all the city lights sparkle like jewels. At the top of the mountain is also a modest cafeteria.

Other attractions in Hakodate
While in town, make sure to taste some of the city’s famous fresh seafood. To try it as fresh as possible, visit the city's Morning Market (Asaichi), which is open every morning from 5 am till noon. It is located just off JR Hakodate Station, and in the immediate vicinity are many restaurants serving food made with fish fresh from the market.

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