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Hakodate Has Many Tourists Attractions Such as Fascinating Night View, History, Tasty Foods and Onsen

August 27th, 2014

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that 270,000 people live is the third largest city in Hokkaido and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. It is one of the most popular tourist cities in Hokkaido. About 5 million people visit Hakodate. It features that there is the town with a unique seashore landscape on a large sandbar between the seas. As for climate, it is relatively warm in Hokkaido because Hakodate is located the south of other cities.

Setting Sun
Hakodate
Takuboku Park
Hakodate
Street in Front of Orthodox Church
Hakodate

Why is Hakodate famous? There are 4 reasons. The first is that a night view from Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is one of the highest quality in the world, the second is the long history and the internationality, the third is that tasty foods such as seafood can be enjoyed, the fourth is that there are various onsen. In addition, Hakodate is famous for having many slopes as well as Otaru city, too. There are 19 named slopes including Hachimanzaka slope (八幡坂), Daisanzaka slope (大三坂) and Motoizaka slope (基坂). Those feature that views of straight lines are good. Everybody will be convinced why Hakodate is famous if everybody visit Hakodate.

Hachimanzaka Slope
Hakodate
Motoizaka Slope
Hakodate
Daisanzaka Slope
Hakodate

One Million Dollar Night View

Night View from Mt. Hakodate is one of the 3 major night views as well as Hong Kong and Naples in the world and is one of the 3 major night views as well as Mt. Tengu (天狗山) in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa (藻岩山) in Sapporo in Hokkaido, too. It is authorized so much 3 major night views, you will imagine the beauty night view.

Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate

"View from Mt. Hakodate" was introduced as 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon. There are 3 ways to see the view. The first is that tourists use a ropeway to climb the Mt. Hakodate. The second is that the tourists use cars such as a bus and an owned car to climb the Mt. Hakodate. The third is that the tourists climb the Mt. Hakodate on foot. In the case of the cars, traffic regulations enforce depending on seasons and time, the tourists must use the ropeway or the bus then. In the case of foot, it takes about 60 minutes to go the mountaintop, but the tourists may enjoy the good view.

Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate, Hakodate

Atmosphere of Mt. Hakodate Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Hakodate

Admission fee One‐way ticket Adult: JPY 660, Child: JPY 330.
Round‐trip ticket Adult: JPY 1200, Child: JPY 600.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (143 Cars)
Business hours Summer season 10:00-22:00
Winter season 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-23-3105
Home page Home page is here

One of Oldest Town in Hokkaido

Hokkaido was called "Yezochi (蝦夷地)" until 100 years ago and Ainu people lived in there. Very few Japanese people called "Wajin (和人)" lived in Matsumae, Esashi and Hakodate located in the southern part of Oshima Peninsula. Hakodate was called "Usukeshi (宇須岸)" and "Wajin" began a settlement from Akita in the 1400s. They built 12 hubs called the Southern Hokkaido 12 buildings (道南十二館) for trade with the Ainu people. As one of the 12 buildings, they built Usukeshi-yakata on this land, and Hakodate was named after its form of the building (Square building), and this land name seemed to be named Hakodate, too. * Square building may be called "hako" in Japanese language.

Funadama Shrine
Funadama Shrine, Hakodate

Hakodate prospered as a trade port of the Matsumae clan (松前藩) and the hub port of cargo ships that sailed the sea of Japan (北前船) in the Edo period. Western powers such as the Russia or the United States demanded the opening of Japan to the Edo Shogunate in the late Tokugawa period. The Edo Shogunate accepted this demand, and the ports of Hakodate and Shimoda (下田) were opened. Hakodate grew up as the full-scale international free trade port in 1859, and the British consulate (French consulate), the Russian consulate, the China consulate were built. The variety of culture including the Russia and the United States were brought to Hakodate, and an international exchange were flowering.

Former Soma House
Former Soma House, Hakodate

At the same time, Boshin War (戊辰戦争) occurs, and the last battleground was Hakodate. Associated historic spots such as the Goryokaku Fort (五稜郭) or the Hekiketsuhi Monument (碧血碑) were dotted with neighborhood of Hakodate, too. History fans gathered from all over Japan to hakodate as a place that Mr. Toshizo Hijikata (土方歳三), famous vice commander of Shinsengumi (新撰組), died. In the Meiji period, Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会), Motomachi Roman Catholic Church (元町カトリック教会), Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院), Episcopal Church (正ヨハネ教会) were built when Christianity was allowed, and the cityscape was built under the influence of Western culture greatly. Hakodate is one of the oldest city that have been developed seriously since about 1850 in hokkaido. The taste had an impact on Hakodate.

Motomachi Church Groups
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Kanamori Red Brick Warehouses

Kanamori Red Brick Warehouses (金森赤レンガ倉庫) were built in late 1800 and was built to storage supplies of the port. A beer hall was opened in 1898, and it was an origin of Hakodate Beer Hall (函館ビヤホール). The port functions were not required by the varying means of transportation, it finished an original role. These were appointed to "Traditional Building", and a cafe and the beer hall are opened for sightseeing now.

Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse
Hakodate Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse
Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse
Hakodate Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse

Atmosphere of Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided
Business hours 09:30-19:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-27-5530
Home page Home page is here

Motomachi Park

Motomachi Park (元町公園) is located on a hill that tourists can look over Hakodate Port. Hakodate City Magistrate's Office (箱館奉行所) and Bureau of Development (開拓使) were established once. There are Motoizaka slope, Churches, Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall (旧函館区公会堂), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma House (旧相馬邸) near Motomachi Park.

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park Hakodate
Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park Hakodate
Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park Hakodate
Azalea
Motomachi Park Hakodate
View from Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park Hakodate
View from Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park Hakodate
Former Soma House
Motomachi Park Hakodate
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-21-3323
Home page Home page is here

Former British Consulate

Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) was established thirdly aftre United States Consulate and Russia Consulate in 1859. It was served as French Consulate, too. Because it was destroyed by a fire, a current building was restored as a memorial hall in 1992. There is Western Style Rose Garden at the site, too. It is tasteful to look up Mt. Hakodate backed rose.

Former British Consulate
Hakodate Old British Consulate in Hakodate
Western Style Rose Garden
Hakodate Old British Consulate in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Former British Consulate Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Former British Consulate

Admission fee Adult: JPY 300. Children: JPY 150.
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.
Business hours From April to October 09:00-19:00
From November to March 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-138-27-8159
Home page Home page is here

Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall

Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall (旧函館区公会堂) is an European-style wooden building on a hill. It was built in 1910 and was designed as an important cultural property. Symmetrical blue gray and yellow called the colonial style is beautiful. Tourists can enter the building and observe the are-nouveau including the royal suit with the fireplace of marble, U-shaped chandelier, tiles of the mantelpiece.

Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall
Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall

Atmosphere of Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall

Admission fee Adult: JPY 300. Children: JPY 150.
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.
Business hours From April to October 09:00-19:00
From November to March 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Iregular closing day
Telephone number +81-138-22-1001
Home page Home page is here

Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会) is the oldest Greek Church in Japan and was designed as an important cultural property. It was built as a chapel for Russian consulate in 1858. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1907. Byzantine architecture building and Russian building was current rebuilt in 1916. Because a tone of a bell is beautiful, this church is called "Gan Gan Dera (ガンガン寺)".

Orthodox Church
Hakodate Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
Hakodate Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
Hakodate Orthodox Church

Atmosphere of Orthodox Church Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Orthodox Church

Admission fee JPY 200.
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.
Business hours Weekday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday 13:00-16:00
Regular closing day Iregular closing day
Telephone number +81-138-22-1001
Home page Home page is here

Hakodate Foreign Cemetery

Hakodate Foreign Cemetery (函館外国人墓地) is divided into 3 graveyard area, Russian graveyard area, Chinese graveyard area and Protestantism graveyard area. When the admiral perry visited the Hakodate, it was said an origin of the Hakodate Foreign Cemetery that they buried 2 sailors here. It is said that ghost appears, too, but the truth is mysterious. But it is sure to have a good view.

Hakodate Foreign Cemetery
Hakodate The Hakodate Foreign Cemetery

Atmosphere of Hakodate Foreign Cemetery Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hakodate Foreign Cemetery

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-21-3323
Home page Home page is here

Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Fort (五稜郭公園) is a fromer fort located in the northeastern part of Hakodate Station and is known as a place that old Shogunate army fought on Boshin War and made an unconditional surrender. Presently remains of the castle change to Goryokaku Park and open to general public, and many tourists come. About 1,600 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry tree are in full bloom from late April to mid May, it becomes a famous place for the cherry trees, and many tourist particularly visited here in a spring. There are Goryokaku Tower (五稜郭タワー) with observation decks and Hakodate Magistrate's Office (箱館奉行所) at the Goryokaku Park. The tourists pay an entrance fee and can enter those. Particularly, a view from Goryokaku Tower is splendid, and the tourists can enjoy the Goryokaku as a bird's‐eye view. Article is here

Goryokaku Park
Hakodate Goryokaku Park
Goryokaku Tower
Hakodate Goryokaku Park
Cherry Blossoms Are in Full Bloom
Hakodate Goryokaku Park

Atmosphere of Goryokaku Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Goryokaku Park

Admission fee Adult: JPY 500. Children: JPY 250.
Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided.
Business hours From April to October 09:00-18:00
From November to March 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-138-51-2864
Home page Home page is here

Trappistine Monastery

Trappistine Monastery (トラピスチヌ修道院) is a convent founded by 8 sisters dispatched from France in 1898. It was rebuilt in 1927 though it was destroyed by a fire in 1925. Speaking of the Trappist Monastery, a cookie is famous.

Trappistine Monastery
Hakodate Trappistine Monastery
Trappistine Monastery
Hakodate Trappistine Monastery

Atmosphere of Trappistine Monastery Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Trappistine Monastery

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot There is pay parking lot
Business hours Summer season 08:10-17:00
Winter season 08:20-16:30
Regular closing day Summer season Wednesday
Winter season Sunday and Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-138-57-3331
Home page Home page is here

Other Tourist Attractions

There are other famous tourist attractions such as Hakodate Racecourse (函館競馬場) that tourists can watch a horse racing while looking at the sea and Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) that is a beauty spot of nature in Hakodate. As for cherry blossoms, Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社) and Hakodate Park (函館公園) are famous, too.

Cape Tachimachi

Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) is a beauty spot that tourists can look over the Pacific on cliffs and is at the backside of Mt. Hakodate. Because cliffs were steep, it was said to be a famous place for suicide in old days. It often seems to be used as a shooting place for suspense dramas. There are monuments inscribed with a poem of Mr. Hiroshi Yosano (与謝野寛) and Mrs. Akiko Yosano (与謝野晶子) at the same site. Open 06:00 to 20:00. It closes in a winter season, December to March. Admission free. A parking fee is free of charge.

Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi
Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi
Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi
Monument Inscribed with Poem of Hiroshi Yosano and Akiko Yosano
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi

Atmosphere of Cape Tachimachi Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Cape Tachimachi

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 cars)
Business hours 06:00-20:00
Regular closing day From December to March
Telephone number +81-138-21-3323
Home page Home page is here

Hakodate Racecourse

Hakodate Racecourse (函館競馬場) is near Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). It was opened in 1896, and it is known for having the oldest in the 10 Japan Racing Assoc racecourses. It is one of popular reason that this racecourse is the only racecourse that we can look over the sea from a main stand in Japan. As a beginning of Hokkaido series that maiden race starts, it is held from June to August. Article is here

Racing Horses Reach Goal
Hakodate Racecourse

Atmosphere of Hakodate Racecourse Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hakodate Racecourse

Cherry Blossoms of Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社) is located in Sumiyoshi-cho, Hakodate city near Cape Tachimachi and has been reported that Sumiyoshi Shrine was founded in the Kamakura period. I think that Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine is odd name, and Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine merged Sumiyoshi(住吉) Shrine and Miyoshi(三吉) Shrine. The name of Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine is a good combination. About 30 Yoshino Cherry Trees (ソメイヨシノ) are planted along an approach to the shrine with about 100 m in length, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom in a spring. It is like walking through the cherry blossom tunnel, and tourists will be very comfortable. The cherry blossoms are best viewed from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot and a restroom are not provided. Article is here

Entrance of Sumiyoshi Shrine
Cherry Blossom at Sumiyoshi Shrine

Atmosphere of Sumiyoshi Shrine Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sumiyoshi Shrine

Cherry Blossoms of Hakodate Park

Hakodate Park (函館公園) is located in the foot of Mt. Hakodate and was established in 1879. It has an exotic atmosphere such as the Meiji period. There are a museum, an amusement park for children, a mini-zoo in the park, and it became a place for Hakodate citizen's relaxation and refreshment. In addition, about 420 cherry trees such as Yoshino Cherry Trees are planted on Hakodate park, and it is a famous place for the cherry blossoms. Food stalls stand in a row for a cherry-blossom viewing period, many tourists visit and enjoy. It had a good reputation for beautiful cherry blossoms at night in particular, and it has mysterious beauty. Article is here

Hakodate Park
Cherry Blossom at Night on Hakodate Park

Atmosphere of Night Cherry Blossom on Hakodate Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Night Cherry Blossom on Hakodate Park

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Hakodate.

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