Neighborhood in Hokkaido:

Hakodate

About Hakodate

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!

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Mt. Hakodate

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Hakodate’s night view is one of the most spectacular in the world and was awarded the highest rating of three stars in the “Micheline Green Guide Japon”. What m

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Hakodate Morning Market

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Located close to Hakodate station, Hakodate Morning Market provides great seafood thanks to Hokkaido's abundant fishing grounds. The market itself opens at 5AM

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Old Soma Residence

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This was a private residence of a wealthy merchant Soma Teppei, built in 1908.

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Hachiman-Zaka Slope

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This slope is well known for its gorgeous view of the city.

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Hakodate Ropeway

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This aerial tramway will bring visitors on top of Mount Hakodate, a 334 meter high, forested mountain in central Hakodate. The view from the mountain is conside

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Goryokaku Park

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Goryokaku is a 5-pointed star-shaped fortress built around 1860 to protect the Tsugaru Strait against possible Russian invasion. The place has been open to the

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Hakodate Bugyosho

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Located in the scenic Goryokaku Park, the Hakodate Bugyosho is an ideal location for history buffs. The Bugyosho is the restored Magistrate's office, rebuilt i

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Hakodate Park

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The Hakodate Park is a perfect destination for sightseers and families. Popular for its abundant cherry blossoms, the park also offers a view of the nearby bay.

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Motomachi Park

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Motomachi Park is located in the foot of Mount Hakodate.

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Gyosanko

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located within a 5 minute walk from Hakodate station, Gyosanko is a seafood Izakaya specializing in sashimi, but has cooked dishes as well.

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Daimon Yokocho

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Daimon Yokocho is an arcade where a lot of traditional Japanese restaurants are located.

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Suginoko

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Suginoko is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in Hakodate.

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Lucky Pierrot (Hakodate Station)

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This is a famous local hamburger shop in Hakodate area.

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Pastry Snaffle's (Hakodate Station)

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Pastry Snaffle’s is a Hakodate dessert shop with several branches in Hokkaido and throughout Asia.

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Bar Jey's

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Well-stocked cocktail and whiskey bar in downtown Hakodate.

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Kikuyo Shokudo Honten

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Kikuyo Shokudo is a Japanese seafood restaurant located among the shops of Hakodate's Morning Market, just south of Hakodate station.

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JR Hakodate Station

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JR Hakodate Station is the main, and only, train station in Hakodate.

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Uni Murakami Hakodate Honten

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Uni Murakami is located at the end of the Morning Market main street.

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Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru

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Kaikoubo

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Located just steps away from the Hakodate morning market, Kaikoubo serves fresh seafood dishes all day long.

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Hokkaido Farm

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Hokkaido Farm’s gelato and soft serve is made from natural, raw milk from Hokkaido.