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[Kosetsuen in Hakodate] One of Best Fall Foliage Tourist Attractions in Hakodate

February 11th, 2019

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.

Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The Kosetsuen built around 1898 by Mr. Minejiro Iwafune (岩船峯次郎) is a Kyoto-style Japanese garden planned by Mr. Chidzuki Tsuji (辻地月), a famous Japanese garden designer in Kyoto. In the Taisho period, a chief abbot of Chion-in Temple (知恩院), a grand head temple of Jodo-shu sect (浄土宗総本山) in the Kyoto, described the garden as "A garden with the scent of Ume in snow (雪の中に梅香る園)", so the garden was named as the Kosetsuen. It is not explained who the chief abbot of the Chion-in Temple was, but the Monzeki of the Chion-in Temple was Mr. Genyu Yamashita (山下現有) in the Taisho period. Then, the Miharashi Park has been developped as a comprehensive park of the Hakodate city. The Kosetsuen was designated as a place of national scenic beauty in 2001, and is the only Nationally-designated Important garden in the Hokkaido.

Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Midori-no-Center (緑のセンター), Enteri (園亭), Greenhouse (温室), the Grass Open Space (芝生広場), Firefly Pond (ホタル池), Fireplaces (野外炉), playground equipment, arbora and public restrooms are built at the Kosetsuen with 4 parking lots. The Entei around the center of the garden is a symbol of the park, and is a Japanese-style house with a thatched roof built in the Meiji period, and the interior decoration is Shoin-zukuri architecture in the style of sukiya (数寄屋風書院造 * building in the style of a tea-ceremony house). The house is rented for a Japanese tea ceremony or a wedding ceremony, so entering the house is available. It is open to public during the Hakodate MOMI-G Festa.

Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Inside of Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Inside of Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Midori-no-Center
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Parking Lot
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The park is relatively close to Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院), Hakodate Airport (函館飛行場) and Hakodate University (函館大学). Drive carefully because intricate roads around here is narrow. 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.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.

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

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hot springs spring 7000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. 1.8 million tourists come here, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉). The Yunokawa Onsen is called a back room of Hakodate, and I think that it is popular for easy access to the Yunokawa Onsen because it takes about 15 minutes from Hakodate Station by a car, and it takes about 5 minutes from Hakodate Airport by a car. It is probably only the Yunokawa Onsen in Hokkaido that there is a large hot-spring resort in the city area. Article is here

Chikuba Sinyoutei
Yunokawa Onsen 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

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. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen

About 150 types of trees are planted at the Kosetsuen, and the best time to see the fall foliage is from late October to mid November. The autumn leaves are lit up in the evening during the Hakodate MOMI-G Festa, so fantastic autumn leaves can be enjoyed. A lot of the tourists come from overseas as well as all over the Japan. I visited here in early November, 2018. The site was large, so it took about 90 minutes to look around on foot.

Japanse Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free of charge/td>
Business hours 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-138-57-6210
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 142 633*86

Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen in Daytime

The Fall Foliage of the Kosetsuen were wotrh seeing here and there. In those, a maple tree was the most conspicuous in front of the Midori-no-Center. The leaves turned into deep red. A lot of the tourists took a commemorative photo successively. The red maple leaves are truly impressive.

Most Showiest Red Maple Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
It Is Popular with Tourists
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

A small maple tree and colorful autumn leaves were worth seeing along a path lined maple trees. The small maple tree was inconspicuous in the daytime, but it was charming in the evening.

Small Maple Tree
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Fall Foliage along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Fall Foliage along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Colorful Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Colorful Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Branches Like Blood Vessel
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Good Fall Foliage
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Great!
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Deep Red
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Fall Foliage
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Colorful Autumn Leaves and Contrail
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Fall Foliage of Japanese Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Fall Foliage of Japanese Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Bridge and Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Open Space with Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The fall foliage near a creek went well with a bridge and a stone-made many-tiered tower (石層塔), and a view was nice.

Open Space
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Creek with Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Bridge and Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Japanese Cedar Goes Well with Autumn Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Japanse Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Around the Entei, a pond, mossy ground and Japanese Cedar reminded me of the Kyoto, and maple leaves turned red made visitors feel an atmosphere like the Kyoto.

Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Path along Lined Japanese Cedar
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Japanse Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Red Maple Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Japanse Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Kosetsuen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kosetsuen

Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen in Evening

In the evening of the Kosetsuen, places lit up were confined. Except a maple lined path, the Japanese garden and the Midori-no-Center, other places were dark. So trees lit up were conspicuous. Visitors should wear a warm clothes because it was cold.

Autumn Leaves Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Great!
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Charming Autumn Leaves Are Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The small maple tree was a popular photo spot in the evening. Comfortable tall and only red maple leaves were good. High school students looked like taking a selfie at that time.

Spotlight
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Charming Autumn Leaves Are Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
They Look Fun!
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Charming Bridge Is Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Charming Path along Japanese Cedar
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Entei Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Silhouettes of Visitors
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Japanese Garden
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Illuminated Red Maple Leaves
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Kosetsuen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kosetsuen

List of Accommodations

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

広告

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)
Booking
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)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
Booking
Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
Booking
Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
Booking
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)
Booking
THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
Booking
Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
Booking
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)
Booking
Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
Booking
Fellow House(フェローハウス)
Booking
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)
Booking
Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
Booking
Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
Booking

East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
Booking
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
Booking
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
Booking
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)
Booking
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
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