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Hakodate
Travel Guide

Hakodate showing heritage elements and a sunset

This large city on Japan’s northernmost island has a medley of architectural styles, spectacular nature and some of the freshest seafood in the country.

Hakodate is one of the largest cities on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Visit this waterfront city to enjoy stunning views, fresh seafood and a variety of cultural attractions. Hakodate was among the first Japanese harbor cities to open up to international trade following the Edo Period’s self-imposed national isolation from 1615 to 1868. Due to this, the island exhibits significant overseas influence in its architecture and culture.

Stroll through Motomachi, the former residential district of Hakodate’s foreign population. This slice of Europe features a Russian Orthodox Church and the Old British Consulate. Fort Goryokaku, a Western-style citadel in the shape of a star, is one of Hakodate’s most remarkable attractions. It was built at the end of the Edo Period to defend the city against the threat of Western imperialism. By 1910, the fort had lost its military importance and was converted into a public park.

Over a thousand cherry trees line Fort Goryokaku’s moats. Visit in early May to see the blossoms flowering. The Former Magistrate Office sits at the center of the fort. Although the original office was destroyed after the fall of the shogunate, the city meticulously built a reconstruction. To see a bird’s eye view of Fort Goryokaku, ascend to the observation deck of the adjacent Goryokaku Tower.

Make the half-hour trip outside the city to Onuma Park. This Quasi-National Park surrounds Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake. Hike or ride along the lakes’ shorelines on a well-maintained network of trails. Take a boat out to go fishing or sightseeing. The expansive Onuma Lake has 126 islands to explore. The dormant volcano Mount Komagatake serves as the park’s majestic backdrop.

Although Hokkaido is the second largest of Japan’s four primary islands, it is also the least developed. Winters are very cold and snowy, while summers are sunny but mild. Every season, visitors flock to Hokkaido to go skiing, hiking and camping. You can easily reach most of the island’s natural attractions from Hakodate.

JR Inn Hakodate
JR Inn Hakodate
3 out of 5
12-14 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$76 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ekini Fish Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate is ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)
recommended

"Clean, comfortable, connected to the railway station, large sized bathroom on top of building was great. Only thing unsatisfied was the view from my room facing the wall of the station. If the room was above 3rd floor, it was different."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2020

JR Inn Hakodate
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
3.5 out of 5
Wakamatsucho, 12-8, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$86 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morning Market and Ekini Fish Market. Hakodate Ropeway and Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)
Comfortable hotel with design touch

"Clean, comfortable, and nicely designed."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar,2020

La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae
La Vista Hakodate Bay
La Vista Hakodate Bay
4 out of 5
12-6 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$243 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (690 reviews)

"Great breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep,2020

La Vista Hakodate Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Condominium Stella Site
Condominium Stella Site
3 out of 5
16-1, Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$170 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Hakodate, this condo is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Morning Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate is 2.8 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)

"The Staff was really very helpful and polite. They even provide frozen mac n cheese in case guest are hungry in the middle of the night. Location was great! Very near train and bus station (less then 10 mins walk). Tram station is just beside the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2020

Condominium Stella Site
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
3.5 out of 5
Suehiro-cho 1-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$206 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Hakodate, this condo is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sakamoto Ryoma Museum and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mount Hakodate. Hakodate Ropeway and Motomachi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Excellent stay and near attractions

"Convenient to walk to most attraction like Kanemori warehouse, ropeway to Mt Hakodate and Motomachi. Room is spacious and clean. Staff is very nice and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
La Cachette
La Cachette
4.5 out of 5
Yukawa-cho 2-chome, 17-6, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is SG$1,184 per night from 9 May to 10 May
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Hakodate, this luxury holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Yukura Shrine and Yunokawa Hot Spring. Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku are also ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"This place is a rare gem! The check in and out was seamless. The amenities are amazing, which btw includes free rental of bikes :) and a personal hot spring! Just amazing! Thank you for hosting us."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jun,2019

La Cachette
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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7 Jan 2020

Hakodate is a lovely town with many places waiting for you to explore. Breathtaking and fascinating view from landmarks. Most of all, don't forget to try their super yummy hamburger at Lucky Pierrot :D

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26 Sep 2019

Though we only stayed overnight I was surprised by Hakodate. It has old world charm and a few nice modern developments too. More sympathetically developed than Sapporo

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21 Jul 2019

It's a nice city with Motomachi and the bay area and Mt. Hakodate. A lot of nice restaurants and shops. But English is not widely used. Most brochures are still in Japanese and people don't speak English well, even hotel staff.

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15 Jun 2019

Excellent bicycle rental from EZOLIS in the central shopping precinct in Kiralis building (from 10am). Basic and electric assist bikes at fair rental prices!

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30 May 2019

I love Hakodate quiet and beautiful town and friendly people