Visit Hakodate!

Visit Hakodate!

Located at the southern tip of Hokkaido, Hakodate enjoys the advent of spring earlier than any other place in Hokkaido. Wouldn’t it be nice to stroll in balmy weather through streets reminiscent of the days of the Meiji Period (1868-1912)?

 Visitors can enjoy not only the city’s pristine nature but also the strong attachment of locals to the days of old. Cherry blossoms in the Golden Week holidays are not to be missed, especially those at Goryokaku fort and in the castle town of Matsumae. Why not spend your spring holidays traveling around Hakodate?

 Hachiman-zaka Slope, a spot of unparalleled beauty. This hill was named after Hakodate Hachiman Shrine, which was located here before being relocated to the Yachigashira area. The scene of the straight stone-paved slope against the backdrop of Hakodate Port is so impressive that visitors often breathe a sigh of exclamation.

The Motomachi area: modern streetscape with an exotic atmosphere

The first stop on your journey should be the Motomachi area, which features historical structures constructed after the port’s opening in 1855. Visits to the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, Old British Consulate and other such buildings will give you the opportunity to experience a unique atmosphere reminiscent of the prosperity and refinement at the time these buildings were built.
  Another feature of this area is its steep slopes. As you climb the slope toward the top of Mt. Hakodate, the beautiful blue sea will spread out behind you. When you finally reach the peak, both the path of the slope you have just taken and the glittering sea will unfold before your eyes. The beautiful scenery here also makes it a popular spot for filming TV commercials and movies.
  What better way to enjoy the surrounding landscape than over snacks like soft serve ice cream? A warm breeze ushering in spring may even come off the sea. After relishing the scenery, be sure to take a photo of yourself with the scenery.

Heading to the Bay Area to feel more sea breezes The Red Brick Warehouse Group nestled in portscape

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses with a scene typical of a historical port town with an exotic atmosphere Suehiro-cho 14-12, Hakodate
Tel. 0138-23-0350

The Bay Area has the most sophisticated atmosphere in all of Hakodate. The landmark of the area is the Red Brick Warehouse Group. Its atmosphere evocative of the Meiji Period along with the seaside landscape allows visitors to feel the area’s exotic and historical touch.
The five warehouses located there offer a multifunctional space and accommodate a museum and multi-purpose hall in addition to a shopping mall, restaurants and a beer hall. If you’re looking for fun, this is definitely the place to go. Of course, it would also be nice to idle your time away watching the sea.

While in Hakodate, be an early riser and enjoy set menus at the eatery of your choice in the morning market.

 A fun place to see and walk around - Hakodate Morning Market Wakamatsu-cho 9-19, Hakodate Tel. 0120-858-313 (Hakodate Federation of Morning Market Cooperatives)

You may feel compelled to visit the Hakodate Morning Market even if you have been there many times before. Because of its close proximity to JR Hakodate Station, you might also find yourself wanting to drop by a certain set-meal eatery as soon as you set foot in the station. The morning market will also give you the motivation you need to wake up early during your precious holidays. Some 360 shops elbow each other in this spacious site, where you can weigh fresh products and items you want to buy. If you live in Hokkaido, you probably already have favorite haunts you visit every time you travel to Hakodate. You will awaken to the high-spirited shouts heard at the market at 6:00 a.m. (5:00 a.m. from May to December), and the classic atmosphere will soothe your mind and whet your appetite. A rice bowl topped with plenty of fresh seafood is a must-eat. Other recommendations include fish roe, squid and octopus. Why not visit the morning market to discover your favorite sushi restaurant and set-meal eatery?