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[Hakodate] A Lot of Tourists Attractions Such as Fascinating Night View, History, Tasty Foods and Onsen Attract Various Types of People

August 27th, 2014

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard.

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate
Hakodate Station
Hakodate
Hachiman-zaka Slope
Hakodate
Motoi-zaka Slope
Hakodate
Daisan-zaka Slope
Hakodate

Movie of Hakodate

In the Hokkaido, the Hakodate is one of the oldest cities. Mr. Masamichi Kono (河野政通), a vassal of Mr. Masasue Ando (安東政季), built Usukeshi-Kono-kan (宇須岸河野館), a small fort, around Motomachi Park (元町公園) in 1454, and the shape of the building was like a box, so around the land was called "Hako-date". * The box means "Hako (箱)" and the building means "Yakata (館)" in Japanese, and the Yakata has some different readings such as the Yakata, the Kan, Tachi and Tate, so "Date" is a voiced sound. Edo Shogunate decided to open Hakodate Port together with Shimoda Port (下田港) in 1854, then the Hakodate energize exchanged with other countries. In the later Edo period, around the Hakodate turned into area under direct control of the shogun, and it used to be the political and diplomatic center of the Hokkaido.

Former Kanamori Western Goods Store
Hakodate
Hakodate Community Design Center
Hakodate

Meiji Government (明治政府) came into existence, and the Hakodate (箱館) was renamed Hakodate (函館) for some reason in 1872. But it is thought that changing name is related to an ominous word and a fresh start. * It is said that Meiji Government renamed Osaka (大坂) to the Osaka (大阪) because the Saka (坂) is the ominous word. * A left-hand radical tsuchi-hen means soil or earth, and a right-hand radical han means returns, so ominous those mean returning to the earth. I am not sure if that is correct. But I think that the Meiji Government was necessary to be ranamed for social conditions just after the Meiji Restoration (明治維新). In the Meiji era, the Hakodate was active foreign trading port with China, and was prospered as doorways of the Hokkaido together with Otaru, so it was the largest city in the Hokkaido until around 1940.

Tachikawa Residence and Shop
Hakodate
Takuboku Park
Hakodate

Speaking of the Hakodate, a view from the Mt. Hakodate is famous. Especially, the night view from the Mt. Hakodate is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hong Kong in China and Napoli in Italy, and is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in the Hokkaido together with Sapporo and the Otaru. One of some 3 best night views are recognized, so I wonder if tourists can imagine the beautiful night view.

Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

The Hakodate has historical tourist attractions such as former Goryokaku Fort (五稜郭), Bay Area and Motomachi (元町) reflected Meiji High Collar and Taisho Roman, so those with a romantic atmosphere are popular with women and couples. Various types of religious facilities can have a look, and Motomachi Religious Area (元町宗教エリア), Temples town (寺町), Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院) and Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery (外国人墓地) are famous. The Mt. Esan, a pair of sacred mountains together with Mt. Osorezan (恐山) across the Tsugaru Strait, is away from the downtown of the Hakodate, and non-daily life can be enjoyed.

Goryokaku Park
Hakodate
Street in Front of Orthodox Church
Hakodate
Hakodate Hachiman Shrine
Hakodate
Orthodox Church
Hakodate
Hakodate Koseiin Cemetery
Hakodate

The Hakodate is popular as shooting places because a scenery of the sea and the slopes are beautiful. A lot of Japanese movies, TV Drama series and TV commercial such as Japanese movie "P to JK (PとJK)", "The Light Shines Only There (そこのみにて光輝く)", "If Cats Disappeared from the World (世界から猫が消えたなら)", "Over Fence (オーバー・フェンス)", "Hakodate Coffee (函館珈琲)" and Japanese TV commercial "Charmy Green" are filmed here, and popular Anime such as "Love Live! Sunshine!!", "Noein - to your other self (ノエイン もうひとりの君へ)", "Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion (新幹線変形ロボ シンカリオン)", "Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb (ひだまりスケッチ×ハニカム)" and "Bakuon! (ばくおん!)" are set in the Hakodate. So visiting the real-life locations are popular, too.

Movie of P to JK

Movie of The Light Shines Only There

Movie of If Cats Disappeared from the World

Movie of Hakodate Coffee

The Hakodate also has various types of hot springs, and fresh free flowing hot springs can be enjoyed at most of onsen places. Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) called a back room of the Hakodate (函館の奥座敷) is famous at the downtown of the Hakodate in particular, so it is easily accessible. Mizunashi-kaihin Onsen (水無海浜温泉) at the foot of the Mt. Esan is famous as a secret onsen, and is popular with overseas people, too. The eastern side of the Hakodate has some onsen such as Esan Onsen (恵山温泉) and Ofuna Onsen (大船温泉) as well as it.

Yunokawa Onsen Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate
Hakodate

Fishing ports face the sea of Japan and the Pacific ocean, and dishes using fresh seafood are famous. Especially, a squid is the most famous seafood in the Hakodate called "A town of the squid", and squid sashimi is well-known. In addition, snacks such as squid rice cracker (イカ煎餅) and Japanese sweets such as squid-shaped sweetened and jellied bean paste (いかようかん) are sold, too. Except foods, Hakodate Squid Dance (いか踊り * Ika Orodi) or Squid Alien (イカール星人 * Ikaaru-Seijin) use the squid as a motif. Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市) is nearby the Hakodate Station, so souvenirs can be bought, and squid dishes and other fresh seafood can be eaten.

Movie of Hakodate Squid Dance

Movie of Squid Alien

Hakodate Morning Market
Hakodate
Seafood Rice Bowl
Hakodate

As for the ramen of the Hakodate, salt broth ramen is well-known by Japanese people. It is one of the 3 most famous ramen in the Hokkaido together with Sapporo Ramen and Asahikawa Ramen. Lucky Pierrot (ラッキーピエロ), Hasegawa Store (ハセガワストア) and Pastry Snaffle's (ペイストリースナッフルス) are one of most famous shops in the Hakodate, too, and a hamburger of the Lucky Pierrot, Yakitori-Bento (焼き鳥弁当) of the Hasegawa Store and Cheese Omelette Cake (チーズオムレット) of the Pastry Snaffle's have a lot of fans, and even overseas pople pay attention to those, too. Speaking of highly reputed restaurants in the Hakodate, L'oiseau par Matsunaga (ロワゾー・パー・マツナガ), enoteca La RICOLMA (エノテカ・ラ・リコルマ), Sushidokoro Minami (鮨処美な味), Tempura Tazawa (天ぷら 田ざわ) and Fumoto (冨茂登) are given 1-star by the Michelin Hokkaido, and Asari Head Office (阿佐利本店), Izakaya Choji (居酒屋 兆治), Unagidokoro Takahashi (うなぎ処 髙はし), Colz (コルツ), Sushidokoro Kihara (鮨処木はら), Soba Kura (蕎麦蔵), Soba Saisai Kuruha (蕎麦彩彩 久留葉), Tsunezushi (常寿し), Toritatsu (とり辰), BISTRO HAKU (ビストロ ハク) and Seiryuken (星龍軒) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido.

Salt Broth Ramen
Hakodate
Cheese Omelette Cake
Hakodate

The Hakodate has much events, too. Hakodate Christmas Fantasy (はこだてクリスマスファンタジー) is held from December 1 to December 25, and Goryo-Hoshinoyume (五稜星の夢(ほしのゆめ) * dream of stars) and Hakodate Illumination (はこだてイルミネーションファンタジー) are held from December to February, and Esan Smooth Lumpsucker Festival (恵山ごっこまつり) is held only in a day, mid February, and Hakodate Offshore Winter Fireworks Display (函館海上冬花火) is held between 2days in early February. Then Cherry Blossom Festival (さくらまつり) is held from late April to mid May, and Hakodate Goryokaku Festival (箱館五稜郭祭) is held between 2days in mid May, and Esan Azalea Festival (恵山つつじまつり) is held from late May to early June, and Minamikayabe Hirome Boat Festival (南かやべひろめ舟祭り) is held only in a day, early June, and Hakodate Marathon (函館マラソン) is held only in a day, early July, and Hakodate Port Fireworks Display (函館港花火大会) is held only in a day, mid July, and Takadaya Kahei Festival (高田屋嘉兵衛まつり) is held only in a day, mid August, and Hakodate Port Festival (函館港まつり) is held from August 1 to August 5, and Hakodate World Music and Dance Festival (はこだて国際民俗芸術祭) is held between 7days in early August, and Yunokawa Onsen Fireworks Display (湯の川温泉花火大会) is held only in a day, mid August, and Hakodate Hachiman Shrine Festival (函館八幡宮例大祭) is held between 2days in mid August, and Hakodate Gourmet Circus (はこだてグルメサーカス) is held between 2days in early September, and Hakodate MOMI-G Festa (はこだてMOMI-Gフェスタ) is held from mid October to early November.

Hakodate Hachiman Shrine Festival
Hakodate
Hakodate Illumination
Hakodate

Why is Hakodate famous? I think that it has 4 reasons. The first reason is that the night view from the Mt. Hakodate is one of the highest quality night views in the world, and the second reason is the old history and the internationality, and the third reason is that tasty foods such as seafood can be savored, and the fourth reason is that there are various types of onsen. Everybody will be convinced why Hakodate is famous if everybody visit the Hakodate. By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.

Setting Sun
Hakodate

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

List of Mountain Tourist Attractions

The Mt. Hakodate is in the westernmost of the Hakodate, and the Mt. Esan is in the easternmost of the Hakodate. The night view from the Mt. Hakodate called "One Million Dollar Night View" is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with the Hong Kong and the Napoli, and is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in the Hokkaido together with the Sapporo and the Otaru. A day view is beautiful as well as the night view, and the downtown of the Hakodate between the seas is photogenic. The Mt. Esan looks like Jigokudani in NOboribetsu, and good nature can be enjoyed.

Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. "A View from Mt. Hakodate" was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate "The View from the Mt. Hakodate" highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Esan

Mt. Esan (恵山) is an active volcano with 618 m of the altitude in the eastern part of Hakodate city, the easternmost of Oshima Peninsula (渡島半島). Around there has been desinged as Esan Prefectural Natural Park (恵山道立自然公園). Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen (水無海浜温泉), Esan Onsen (恵山温泉), Ishida Onsen (石田温泉) and Misaki Onsen (御崎温泉) are at foot of the Mt. Esan, but the Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen are not linked with others via a road, so visitors should make a detour. The Mt. Esan is well-known as an easy trekking mountain for beginner hikers, and Yezo Mountain Azalea is full in bloom from late May to early June, and it is a famous place to see fall foliage, too. The end of Esan-Tozan Road (恵山登山道) beside Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館) is Esan Kakogen Parking Lot (恵山火口原駐車場). The Esan-Tozan Road under traffic control is available from 06:00 to 18:00. Do not be left behind! A public restroom and a resting station are built around the parking lot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Article is here

Mt. Esan
Mt. Esan

List of Historical Tourist Attractions

Hokkaido was called "Yezochi (蝦夷地)" until about 100 years ago, and Ainu people lived there. Very few Japanese people called "Wajin (和人)" lived in Matsumae, Esashi and the Hakodate located in the southern part of Oshima Peninsula. The Hakodate used to be called "Usukeshi (宇須岸)", and the Wajin began a settlement from Akita in the 1400s. They built 12 small forts called 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 at this land, and the Hakodate was named after its shape of the building (Square building), and name of this land was named the Hakodate, too.

Funadama Shrine
Funadama Shrine, Hakodate

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

Former Soma House
Former Soma House, Hakodate
Former Russian consulate
Hakodate

At the same time, Boshin War (戊辰戦争) occured, and the last battleground was the Hakodate. Associated historic spots such as the Goryokaku Fort (五稜郭) or the Hekiketsuhi Monument (碧血碑) were dotted with neighborhood of the Hakodate, too. History fans gathered from all over the Japan to the hakodate as a dead place of Mr. Toshizo Hijikata (土方歳三), a famous vice commander of Shinsengumi (新撰組). 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. The Hakodate is one of the oldest city that have been developed seriously since about 1850 in the hokkaido. The taste has been an impact on the Hakodate. My visited places are as follows.

Motomachi Religion Area
Hakodate
Place of Toshizo Hijikata Death Monument
Hakodate

Bay Area and Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse

Bay Area (ベイエリア) facing Gulf of Hakodate (函館湾) is a waterfront between Hakodate Station and Motomachi Area (元町) in the south part of Hakodate city, and Jujigai Stop (十字街駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to here. There are boarding points for Gulf of Hakodate Cruise, and tourist facilities such as Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse (金森赤レンガ倉庫) are built, and it is famous for shopping. Lucky Pierrot (ラッキーピエロ), one of the most popular restaurants, and Hasegawa Store (ハセガワストア) that is famous for Yakitori-bento (やきとり弁当) open a business, too. A lots of tourists come to enjoy shopping or dishes. In addition, walking around the Bay Area is popular, and it is given one star by Michelin Green Guide Japan. A famous route is from La Vista Hakodate Bay (ラビスタ函館ベイ) to Green Island (緑の島). Red brick buildings, pavements with stone, Shichizai Bridge (七財橋) made from stone and a view of the sea make visitors feel a typical Hakodate of historical atmosphere. Article is here

Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse
Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse

Motomachi Park

Motomachi Park (元町公園) is a park at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and is built on the hillside with a fine view. Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the park. Hakodate Magistrate Office (箱館奉行所) and Hokkaido Development Commission (開拓使) used to be built here. The Motomachi Park is well-known as a place naming after the name of the Hakodate, and Mr. Masamichi Kono (河野政通), a vassal of Mr. Masasue Ando (安東政季), built Usukeshi-Kono-kan (宇須岸河野館), a small fort, around here in 1454, and the shape of the building was like a box, so around the land was called "Hako-date". * The box means "Hako (箱)" and the building means "Yakata (館)" in Japanese, and the Yakata has some different readings such as the Yakata, the Kan, Tachi and Tate, so "Date" is a voiced sound. Edo Shogunate decided to open Hakodate Port together with Shimoda Port (下田港) in 1854, then the Hakodate energize exchanged with other countries. In the later Edo period, around here turned into area under direct control of the shogun, and it used to be the political and diplomatic center of the Hokkaido. It is said that here is closely related to history of the Hokkaido. Admission free. There are Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア), Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸) around the Motomachi Park, too. Article is here

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂) is a Western-style 2-story wooden building at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and is built beside Motomachi Park on the hillside with a fine view. Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the building. A meeting hall for local people destroyed by fire was rebuilt in 1910, and has been designed as a nationally important cultural property. The appearance of the symmetrical colonial-style building colored with blue-gray color and whitish-yellow color is very beautiful, and catches people'e eyes. Not only colorness but also detailed sculptures are fine, so building techniques mixed Japanese-style with Western-style are worth seeing. Admission fee is JPY 300. Photography is allowed. There are Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア), the Motomachi Park (元町公園), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸) around here, too. Article is here

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

Former British Consulate

Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) is a Western-style 2-story brick building at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and faces Motoi-zaka Slope (基坂) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸), and is nearby Motomachi Park (元町公園) and Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂). Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the building. The consulate was also opened as French Consulate in 1859, and was the 3rd oldest foreign consulate after United States Consulate and Russia Consulate in the Hakodate. Old buildings were destroyed by fire several times, and the current building built in 1913 was restored as a memorial building in 1992. Rose Garden and Afternoon Tea have a good reputation, and here is popular with British fans. Admission fee for Consul’s Office and Historical Exhibition Room is JPY 300. Photography is allowed. Article is here

Former British Consulate
Former British Consulate

Motomachi Religion Area

Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア) is between a ropeway station and Motomachi Park (元町公園) at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and different religions, example for a church group such as Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会), Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church (カトリック元町教会), St.John's Church Hakodate (函館聖ヨハネ教会) and Hakodate Church (日本基督教団函館教会), or a temple group such as Myofukuji Temple (妙福寺) and Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple (東別院大谷派函館院), or Funadama Shrine (船魂神社), are built along Nijukken-zaka Slope (二十間坂), Daisan-zaka Slope (大三坂), Hachiman-zaka Slope (八幡坂) and Hiyori-zaka Slope (日和坂). Japanese historical buildings suh as Old Soma Residence (旧相馬邸), Hakodate City Museum of Local History (市立函館博物館郷土資料館) and Barber Sato (佐藤理容院) are built along stone pavements, so those go well with views from the top of the slopes. The area is the center of Motomachi Sightseeing along with Motomachi park (元町公園). Article is here

St.John's Church Hakodate
函館の元町宗教エリア

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery (函館外国人墓地) is a cemetery at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the western edge of Hakodate, and is well-known for dividing into 3 cemetery sections, Russian Cemetery section, Chinese Cemetery section and Protestant Cemetery section. It is said that an origin of the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery was 2 crewmen buried here in 1854 when Admiral Matthw C Perry (ペリー提督) visited the Hakodate. This place seemed to be chosen as the cemetery because an ocean view was very good on a small hill. Here is also famous as a good place to the beautiful sunset. Admission free. Article is here

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) is a fromer fort in the center of Hakodate city located in the northeastern part of Hakodate Station, and is well-known as the Japan's first Western-style fort built in 1866, and is one of only 2 pentagon forts in the Japan together with Tatsuoka Castle (龍岡城) in Nagano prefecture. The Goryokaku is also famous as the last place that the former Tokugawa Shogunate Army fought with the new government during the Boshin War (戊辰戦争), and is open to general public at present, and a lot of tourists come. The Goryokaku Park is one of great places to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido, and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom from late April to mid May, and a lot of tourists from all over the Japan or overseas tourists come to savor. In an autumn, leaves of the cherry trees turn into red color, and the park is well-known as a good place to see the fall foliage, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Article is here

Goryokaku Park Covered with Cherry Blossoms
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

Trappistine Convent

Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院) is the Japan's first convent at 50-70 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and the another name is Angel Garden (天使園). It is well-known as a historical nunnery (monastery) together with Trappist Monastery (トラピスト修道院) that is famous for trappist cookies in Hokuto. About 70 nuns live here at present, so the whole convent is not allowed to visit. But only a part of the site (Front Garden, Souvenir Shop and Reference Room) is open to the public, and visitors can walk around. Cherry blossoms in a spring or fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed, and additive-free French Cake Madarena has a good reputation, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Toll parking lots open a business beside here. Article is here

Trappistine Convent
Trappistine Convent

List of Other Tourist Attractions

Except above tourist attractions, Cape Tachimachi (立待岬), Hakodate Racecourse (函館競馬場) that visitors can watch a horse racing while seeing the sea, Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship “Mashu-maru” (函館市青函連絡船記念館 摩周丸), Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples (北方民族資料館), Saburo Kitajima Memorial Hall (北島三郎記念館), Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum (函館市北洋資料館), Hakodate City Museum (市立函館博物館郷土資料館), Hakodate City Museum Of Literature (函館市文学館), Hakodate Velodrome (函館競輪場) and Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum (箱舘高田屋嘉兵衛資料館) are relatively famous. In addition, famous good places to see cherry blossoms are the Goryokaku park, Hakodate Park (函館公園), Sumiyoshi Srine (住三吉神社), Kosetsuen (香雪園), Sakuragaoka Street Lined Cherry Trees (桜が丘通の桜並木), Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine (石崎地主海神社), Sasanagare Dam (笹流ダム), Shiryoukaku (四稜郭), Motomachi Water Supply Pond (元町配水場) and the Trappistine Convent, and famous good places to see fall foliage are the Goryokaku park, the Kosetsuen, the Mt. Esan, the Daisan-zaka Slope, the Hakodate park and the Sasanagare Dam. My visited places are as follows.

Hakodate Street Car
Hakodate

Cape Tachimachi

Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) is a scenic spot at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the south part of Hakodate city, and visitors can view the Pacific on cliffs. Tachimachi was called "Yokoushi (ヨコウシ)" by Ainu people, and means "A place that the Ainu people wait to watch fishes while standing" in Ainu language. * Tachi (立) means standing and machi (待) means waiting in Japanese. Because the cliffs with about 30 m in height are steep, I think they imperiled themselves lay their life on the line put their life before fishing, and maybe men of other days were very tough. The cliffs have a good view, so the cape is sometimes used as a shooting place for suspense dramas. A song of "Cape Tachimachi" sung by Ms. Masako Mori (森昌子), a Japanese famous enka singer, uses here as a motif. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi

Hakodate Racecourse

Hakodate Racecourse (函館競馬場) is a racecourse in front of Keibajomae Stop (競馬場前駅) of Hakodate Streetcar in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and is relatively close to Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). The racecourse is one of 10 Japan Racing Association racecourses, Tokyo, Nakayama, Kyoto, Hanshin, Chukyo, Sapporo, the Hakodate, Nigata, Fukushima and Kokura, and is famous as the oldest racecourse built in 1896 in all the Japan Racing Association racecourses. It is one of popular reason that this is the only racecourse with a sea view from a main stand in the Japan Racing Association racecourses. As a beginning of Hokkaido series starting maiden races, horse races are held about from June to August. Admission fee is JPY 100. A toll parking lot is JPY 1000. Except horse racing season, the facility is used as an off‐course betting office, and the toll parking lot is JPY 500 in that time. Article is here

Racing Horses Reach Goal
Hakodate Racecourse

Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社) is a shrine at Sumiyoshi-cho, the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the south part of Hakodate city, and is close to Cape Tachimachi (立待岬), Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) and Hakodate Park (函館公園). The shrine has been reported Sumiyoshi Shrine 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 with Miyoshi(三吉) Shrine. The name of Sumiyoshi(住三吉) Shrine is a good combination. It is famous as a good place to see cherry blossoms, and the best time to see is from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot and a restroom are not provided. Article is here

Cherry Blossoms at Sumiyoshi Shrine
Cherry Blossoms at Sumiyoshi Shrine

Hakodate Park

Hakodate Park (函館公園) is the first park in Hokkaido built in 1879 at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the south part of Hakodate city, and has been chosen as one of 100 Best Historical Park in Japan, and has an exotic atmosphere such as the Meiji period. Hakodate Museum (函館博物館), Hakodate Park Kodomonokuni (函館公園こどものくに), Hakodate Park Visitor Center (函館公園ビジターセンター), Mini Zoo, Central Large Fountain (中央大噴水) and Mt. Meiji (明治山) are built at the site, and it is well-known as a place for Hakodate citizen's relaxation and refreshment, and is also famous as a famous place to see cherry blossoms. The best season to see is from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided, but free temporary parking lots are provided during the best season. Article is here

Night Cherry Blossoms of Hakodate Park
Night Cherry Blossoms of Hakodate Park

Kosetsuen

Kosetsuen (香雪園) is a garden at 30-40 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and is one of facilities of Miharashi Park (見晴公園) along with a baseball ground, Hakodate Golf Club (函館ゴルフ倶楽部) and Grass Open Space (芝生広場). The Miharashi Park is the largest park in the Hakodate, and the area is 46.1 ha. In a spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and In an autumn, this park is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage, and a lot of tourists come. Hakodate MOMI-G Festa (はこだてMOMI-Gフェスタ) is held from late October to early November, and autumn leaves are lit up in the evening. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Kaikyo Lookout

Kaikyo Lookout (恵山展望台) is a lookout at about 350 m above sea level on the mountainside of Mt. Esan (恵山) with 618 m of the altitude in the eastern part of Hakodate city, and comes into sight after finishing going up Esan-Tozan Road (恵山登山道) with some s-curves beside Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館). I suppose that its name is named after a view of Tsugaru Strait (津軽海峡). * The Kaikyo means "A strait" in Jappanese. Although a signboard written "Esan Lookout (恵山展望台)" is built, the Esan Lookout is built at an another place, so it is a little more confusing. The Esan-Tozan Road under traffic control is available from 06:00 to 18:00. Do not be left behind ! There is not a facility in particular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Article is here

Look of Kaikyo Lookout
Kaikyo Lookout in Hakodate

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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South Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
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Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
HP
Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
Jalan
Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
Jalan
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
HP
Rakuten
Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
HP
Jalan
HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
HP
Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
HP
Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
HP
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
HP
Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
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Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
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Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
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Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
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Rakuten
Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
Booking
SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
Booking
Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
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THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
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Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
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Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
HP
Booking
Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
HP
Booking
Jalan

North Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
HP
Jalan
Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
HP
Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
HP
Jalan
Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
Booking
Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
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Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
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Fellow House(フェローハウス)
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Rakuten
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
HP
Booking
Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
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Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
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Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
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Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
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East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
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Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
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Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
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Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
Booking
Shinmatsu(新松)
Rakuten
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
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Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
Booking
Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
La Cachette(ラカシェット)
Jalan
Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
Booking
Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
Booking
Rakuten
Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
HP
Booking
Jalan

Except Hakodate Downtown

Ishida Onsen Ryokan(石田温泉旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Esan Onsen Ryokan(恵山温泉旅館)
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Hotel Cape(ホテル恵風)
Hotel Hakodate Hiromeso(ホテル函館ひろめ荘)
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Nihonyanagi Ryokan(二本柳旅館)
Booking
Jalan

I introduce about the tourist attractions in the Hakodate on the first page, and introduce about tasty foods and Onsen on the second page.

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