Spots in Hakodate / Onuma / Matsumae Area

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    4.0
    1006 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-12
    The Kanemori Warehouses in Hakodate are a complex of warehouses now used for general purposes. There are shops, the Hakodate Beer Hall and more in the Kanemori Youbutsukan and Hakodate Street Plaza, and BAY Hakodate has cafes and a chapel. The fourth area is Kanemori Hall, which hosts concerts and other events. The warehouses are lit up at night for a totally different atmosphere from the daytime.

    Famous large shopping area located in hakodate port. Several Souvenir shops & restaurants awaits tourists & locals alike for their shopping & dining experiences. an excellent place to stroll around...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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    544 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13
    The Old Public Hall was completed in 1910 and constructed at a total cost of 58,000 yen, 50,000 yen of which was donated by Mr. Teppei Soma, a leading Hokkaido businessman. The building is impressive with its blue and yellow coloring and symmetrical colonial style. It is also famous for being the dormitory of Emperor Taisho when he was the Crown Prince. In 1974 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Suehiro-cho” tram stop.

    It looks so beautiful in photographs and was so disappointed to see the building under wraps and closed for construction.

  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
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    467 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-13
    With the beautiful contrast between its green roof and white walls, Hakodate Orthodox Church was Japan’s first Russian Orthodox church. It is located at the top of Daimi-saka going up from Benten Suehiro-dori Street. The current church was built in 1916 to replace the original church that was burnt down in the great fire in Hakodate in the Meiji period, and it was subsequently designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1996, the sound of the bell in the tower was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

    Beautiful architecture built in 1860, this is accessible from the Daikan Zaka slope. This church was originally built as a chapel attached to the first Russian Consulate. The original church was...

  • Former British Consulate of Hakodate
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    258 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 33-14
    The former British consulate in Hokkaido. It was used as a consular office until 1934. There is an “exhibition room” where you can enjoy the state of the former British consul of the time, and an “opening port museum”, where you can learn the history of the opening of Hakodate. It was designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Hakodate City in 1979. There is a combined shop and tea room, where you can also enjoy a British-style traditional afternoon tea.

    I didn’t find this museum very interesting. But for only 300 yen it’s not bad. Only 30 minutes is enough time.

  • Hakodate Magistrate’s Office
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    316 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 44-3
    The Edo Shogunate public office building was established at the end of the Edo period in 1864 coinciding with the opening of the port. The administrative center was a base for diplomatic relations as well as security of the northern regions at the end of Edo Period. After that it became the stage of the Battle of Hakodate and upon entering the Meiji period the office buildings were dismantled by the new government, however, in 2010 the building was restored to one third of its original size. You can now glimpse the Magistrate’s Office as it once was. It also exhibits relics from Goryokaku Fort and is a must-see.

    Skilfully remade wooden building in the old style, lots to see, only about 1/3 in english but thats still a lot.

  • Motomachi Roman Catholic Church
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    247 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 15-30
    Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is distinguished by its Gothic-style architecture and large bell-tower. The Church that visitors see today was rebuilt in 1924 after a fire. Having originally been built shortly after the restrictions on Christian proselytizing in Japan were relaxed, Motomachi Roman Catholic Church’s long history makes it one of the oldest congregations in Japan. To reach the Church, take the Hakodate Streetcar service and get off at the Jujigai Stop in Motomachi, near Mt. Hakodate; the Church is around 10 minutes’ walk from the Jujigai Stop.

    Walk up the Daisan Zaka slope and you will see this Motomachi Catholic Church which was started by a French missionary with a temporary church hall in 1867. You will see a rooster at the top of the...

  • Tsugaru Strait Ferry Hakodate Ferry Terminal
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    100 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Minatochou 3-19-2
    This ferry terminal in Hakodate offers boarding for ferries connecting Hakodate, Aomori City, and Oma Town. The sunny deck offers a beautiful view of the Tsugaru Strait and port. Inside, there's a children's play area and dog park, so it's perfect for families and pet lovers. The cafeteria offers meals made with specialties of the southern Hokkaido Donan area.

    フェリーを使って北海道に行ってきました。青森た函館間はビューシートを利用。スタンダードより僅か数百円の差額でこの快適さは絶対お勧め! 飛行機で言えばビジネスクラスのシートで、ゆったり倒して快眠出来るのはもちろん、最前列なので景色も180度全開、最高です。バイクでの旅だったので、帰りは疲れで爆睡しました。 Went to Hokkaido with my lovely partner Harley...

  • Hasegawa Store Bay Area Shop
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    253 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Suehirocho 23-5
    "This store is famous for its ""yakitori bento"" box lunches. ""Yakitori"" means ""grilled pork"" in Donan (Southern Hokkaido) rather than the usual grilled chicken. Customers can choose from five different flavors including soy-based glaze, salt flavor, and miso-based glaze. The bento boxes are both tasty and generously portioned. We strongly recommend giving it a try if you are in Donan."

    We stopped here to grab some yakitori lunch. Unlike Lawson, 7-11 and Family Mart, almost everything is in Japanese. Luckily, there were English instructions for ordering the yakitori, although the...

  • Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    175 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yunokawachou 3-1-15
    While in Hokkaido come explore rare plants and flowers from the southern regions in this Tropical Botanical Garden. There are over 3,000 plants covering 300 species in the garden making this a must-see location. You can also see Japanese macaque relaxing in the hot-springs during the winter. There is also a play area and water park for young children making this botanical garden popular with families.

    At the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, there are some nice and interesting plants and a few small amphibians. Aside from that, the onsen monkeys was the highlight of the visit. But I was...

  • LUCKY PIERROT Bay Area Main Store
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    887 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 23-18
    This is a gourmet burger restaurant located in the Bay area of Hakodate in Hokkaido, and its colorful clown signboard is a landmark. The interior of the restaurant is like a forest with the keynote being green, and there is a merry-go-round style wooden horse and swinging seats, with an atmosphere which is the same as an amusement park. The most popular burger is the “Chinese chicken” which has a Chinese flavored salty-sweet sauce. For groups, the gigantic “Mount Hakodate Burger” where three burgers can be enjoyed together is also popular.

    There are about a dozen of this chain in HDate. The one one water near the Red Sheds is where went. There was another 100m away over the road. I had a Shrimp / Prawn burger which was good. They...

  • Our Lady of the Lighthouse Trappist Monastery
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    133 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hokutoshi Mitsuishi 392
    This monastery in Hokuto, Hokkaido is one of Japan's first. Visitors are free to look around the red brick buildings of the monastery and enjoy the sakura, autumn leaves, and other joys of the seasons. There is also a shop offering Trappist Cookies, butter, and other products made by the monks. Due to a prohibition of women, internal tours require reservations and are for men only.

    While it is a monastery, the thing it impresses me most is the ice-cream they sell there. It is the best ice-cream I have taken in Japan. Note that this is Hokkaido and all ice-creams sold there are...

  • Hakodate Morning Market
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    3.5
    45 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Wakamatsuchou 9-19 (Hakodate morning market cooperatives Federation Secretariat)
    The Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Markets) are regarded as the face of Hakodate and it is said that the market began when nearby farmers began selling fruit and vegetables in 1945 after the war. After that the markets were moved several times until settling in the present location in 1956. The markets became even more popular with the addition of shops selling seafood such as crab and salmon with food and drink shops as well. Now about 5,000 people visit the market every day. It is best to visit as early in the morning as you can as popular items are sometimes sold out.

    Squid fishing was fun & it spewed water on my child’s face Fresh seafood everywhere & we had tasty donburi,miso soup,grilled scallops for lunch A staff let my child pour water on crabs People were...

  • Matsumae Park
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Matsushiro
    Public park in Matsumae Town, Matsumae County, Hokkaido. This is a well known historical area where people come to see the Matsumae Clan Mansion including Matsumae Castle. It is also famous for its flowers where you can enjoy blossoms all year round with cherry blossoms, roses, tree peonies and hydrangeas. Join us in the spring for the popular Matsumae Sakura Festival and in August for the Matsumae Hydrangea Festival.

    This is one of the few place in Japan which provide late cherry blossom. This place doesnt seem to be popular among travel agents. Hence, not many people come here, which makes this park even more...

  • Roadside Station Shikabe Geyser Park
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    109 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Kayabegunshikabechou Shikabe 18-1
    A roadside station located in Shikabe Town with a geyser on its grounds. Discovered in 1924, the geyser blows every 12 minutes or so; the roadside station also has a footbath filled with waters from the hot spring that fuels the geyser. In the local specialty products shop, you can buy marine products like Shikabe cod roe, fresh seafood, and local vegetables. There's an adjoining facility offering hot spring-steamed and barbecued food. Women from the Shikabe Fishery Cooperative serve seafood dishes in the Hama no Kasan Shokudo restaurant and also hold short classes on how to make local meals.

    We had the local cuisine experience at Hamano Kaasan, to learn cooking with fishermans wives and this place was just next to it. We had a good 10-15 minute foot bath ( I believe the admission fee...

  • Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples
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    118 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 21-7
    Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples is located in Suehiro Town, Hakodate and introduces the lives and culture of northern peoples. Collections with high academic value on a global level are on display. They include materials formerly held by Hakodate City Museum collected by philanthropists and the Hokkaido Development Commission between 1879 and 1886 in addition to Ainu folk materials collected by Dr. Osamu Baba, a world authority on research into northern peoples.

    This was my favorite museum in Hakodate. Everything was in English as well as Japanese. Learned a lot about the native people and early settlers. Only 300 yen. One hour is probably enough time.

  • Uni Murakami Hakodate Main Shop
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    422 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Otemachi 22-1
    At Uni Murakami you can taste additive-free sea urchin and Hokkaido food, located just outside Hakodate morning market. The restaurant is easy to get to, just a five-minute walk from Hakodate Station and the Red Brick Warehouse. The raw additive-free sea urchin has a rich sweetness without being dry or bitter. As soon as you eat it, the thick, creamy sweetness inherent to sea urchin quickly melts in your mouth. Prepared by chefs with vast knowledge of sea urchins, this kind of cuisine unique to a sea urchin restaurant such as this cannot be tasted anywhere else. With the restaurant’s motto of ‘local food for local consumption’, you can be sure to enjoy a whole range of exceptional Hokkaido food as well as sea urchin.

    It’s really wonderful sea urchin cuisine . It’s my best. Appearance is beautiful. Umami is great. They also offer good service. I really want to visit again.

  • Old Soma Residence
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    4.5
    96 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Motomachi 33-2
    "This manor was built as the private residence of wealthy merchant Teppei Souma in 1908. Teppei Souma amassed his wealth in selling rice and grains, contributing to the development of Hakodate by investing his personal money in ""Old City Hall of Hakodate Ward."" The Souma house has a structure decked out in luxury, and featuring a merging of Japanese and Western styles, so it is well worth a look. Volunteer guides are always available, and there are many audio guides (Japanese/English). In the adjacent cafe, they provide freshly brewed coffee, and healthy aronia fruit juice. The cafe overlooks the streets of Hakodate, including Hakodate Bay, and the Former British Consulate of Hakodate."

    We knew very little about the Soma residence, but came across it on our way to Motomachi Park. Previously, when I’ve visited restored Japanese houses, they have been empty with little by way of...

  • Miharashi Park・Former Iwafune Garden (Kosetsuen)
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Miharashi Cho 56
    This park located about 40 minutes by bus from Hakodate Station in Hakodate City, Hokkaido Prefecture is about a one-minute walk from the Kosetsuen bus stop. There is also a golf course, which was developed surrounding the traditional scenic gardens of Kosetsuen, built by Minejiro Iwafune in the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912). They are the only gardens in Hokkaido that are a nationally-designated Cultural Property, and the Yoshino cherry blossoms in the spring along with the scenic fall colors win the hearts of those who visit. There are many other highlights such as a brick greenhouse and a garden house made in the shoin style of traditional Japanese architecture.

    Visited on 03 Nov 2018, Saturday. Weather is awesomely good. Clear blue sky. Transport:Took a special autumn leave viewing bus to kosetsuen from Hakodate bus terminal. This bus only operates from...

  • Hakodate St. John’s Church
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    3.5
    111 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-23
    The Hakodate St. John’s Church is an impressive building with its brown roof in the shape of a cross which you can see when you ride on the nearby ropeway. The church is one of a group of famous churches in Motomachi. The clergy house, newly built in 2006, was awarded the Hakodate City Landscape Award. You can reach the church 15 minutes on foot from the Jujigai tram stop.

    A unique modern church in the historic building district. Shaped like a cross this striking building stands out in a good way. We visited this a Christmas time in the snow so it was even more...

  • Goryokaku Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 43-9
    The Goryokaku Tower is an observation tower located near the entrance of the Goryokaku Park, and the current tower is the second one to be built here. You can see almost all of Goryokaku from the observation floor, which is at a height of 107 meters. Inside the tower, a special display allows you to learn about the history of Goryokaku. In addition, there is the “see-through floor,” where you can see directly below you through a tempered glass floor as well as a shop where you can buy original Goryokaku goods. The bronze statue of Toshizo Hijikata, who came from Goryokaku is also not to be missed.

Hokkaido Areas

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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