Spots in Hakodate / Onuma / Matsumae Area

  • Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
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    4.0
    1038 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Motomachi 19-7
    The ropeway at Mt. Hakodate is about a ten-minute walk from the Jujigai tram stop and about ten minutes by car from Hakodate Station and right next to the ruins of the Nambujinya encampment. The gondolas are large with seating for 125 people, and have two stations, one at the base of the mountain and also at the peak observatory station. The top speed is seven meters per second and the top of the 334-meter-high mountain is reached in about three minutes. The beautiful seasonal scenery from the observatory deck at the summit and night view of Hakodate is highly regarded as the world's best and is a representative of tourism in the city. It is often crowded for an hour or two after sunset with people visiting to see the night view.

    You can access the ropeway by tram which stops a distance away or by bus which stops directly in front of the ropeway station. Open at 10am, it costs JPY1000 for a one-way trip or JPY1500 for a...

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    4.0
    1004 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • LUCKY PIERROT Bay Area Main Store
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    4.0
    876 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.

    A must try burger shop. There are many branches in Hakodate areas. My family each ordered different kind of burger and they are all taste good. The couple sitting next to us ordered a “curry rice” (I...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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    4.0
    545 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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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    4.0
    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...

  • Uni Murakami Hakodate Main Shop
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    4.0
    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.

  • Yachigashira Onsen
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    4.0
    300 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yachigashirachou 20-7
    Yachigashira Onsen is a natural hot spring located at the bottom of Mt. Hakodate and is about seven minutes from Hakodate Station by car. Since it opened in 1953, it has been loved by locals, and it has many regular customers. The open-air hot spring is a star-shaped pentagon named after Hakodate-Goryokaku is popular. The characteristic of the water is its high concentration of iron, which is colored dark reddish-brown, and the warm temperature warms you to the core. It is beneficial for neuralgia, promotion of health, chronic stomach diseases, and chronic women’s diseases.

    An excellent natural hot spring with 3 large pools with temp ranging from 40 to 43 degrees, and on top of that, a small but cozy outdoor pool with temp around 42 degree C, and cold (to freezing...

  • Hakodate Magistrate’s Office
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Noodle Kitchen Ajisai Main Shop
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    4.0
    270 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 29-22
    This famous ramen restaurant near Goryokaku Park in Hakodate City, Hokkaido is loved by locals and tourists for their Hakodate salt ramen. Their popular menu includes their Ajisai Salt Ramen which boasts straight noodles with a clear soup made with Hokkaido kelp, pork bone, chicken, and rock salt. Their side menu is abundant with additions including Zangi fried chicken. It's a fashionable store that's great for women as well with window and outdoor seating with fantastic views.

    A place for good ramen and juicy freshly made gyoza either before or after visiting Goryokaku Tower. A busy place always filled up with tourists or local people. Note that this place is on the 2nd...

  • Hasegawa Store Bay Area Shop
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    4.0
    249 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...

  • Tsugaru Strait Ferry Hakodate Ferry Terminal
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    4.0
    96 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.

    If youre traveling between Aomori and Hakodate and have the time this ferry is a great option. Its a bit costly to take a car but cheap for just passengers. I recommend booking the View Seat...

  • Former British Consulate of Hakodate
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    4.0
    255 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.

    It is basically a small building that tries to showcase of British products, really nothing much to talk about.

  • Motomachi Roman Catholic Church
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    4.0
    246 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...

  • Hakodate Hikari no Yatai Daimon Yokocho
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    4.0
    208 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Matsukazechou 7
    Daimon Yokocho Hakodate Hikari no Yatai is an alley located in the Daimon district in front of Hakodate Station. It is lined with 26 restaurants where diverse cuisine can be enjoyed, including ramen stores, seafood restaurants, sushi shops, and bars. Regular events are also held such as Daimon Bar offering one drink and one meal for a set price of 500 yen during certain times, and it can be seen bustling with many people. It is also a spot where you can enjoy contact with the locals with the many regular customers not to mention the staff.

    Went on a Sunday night to check it out and the place was packed, didnt eat then. Returned the next night, Monday, and it was very quiet so we had a chance to try a couple of places. We were...

  • Kikuyo Shokudo Main Shop
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    3.5
    206 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Wakamatsuchou 11-15
    Kikuyo is a long-standing dining hall established in 1956, located within the Wakamatsu Town morning market, Hakodate City, Hokkaido. It started out as a small dining hall for morning market buyers, and now it has become a famous shop that has been covered by the media. Here you can taste fresh seafood, mainly of Hakodate, all at very affordable prices. They have bowls of rice topped with salmon roe, scallops, fish and other seafood, you can try the impressive unidon (sea urchin on rice), or how about the ika somen (squid noodle) which uses squid caught fresh in the morning. The sweet rice cooked in pots over charcoal is also really nice.

    Believe it or not at 6am people queued up at this restaurant to get a place. We waited 15 mins got a seat and ordered our favorite uni, Ikura and kani. Translated sea urchin, fish roe and crab. Taste...

  • Lucky Pierrot (Marina Suehiro Restaurant)
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    4.0
    171 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-17
    A seaside restaurant in Suehiro-cho, Hakodate City. In Pierrot's American-style interior, you can enjoy a meal along with a view of the sea off Hakodate. Many domestic and international tourists also like to stop by here. Particularly popular with tourists is the restaurant's cheeseburger with grilled squid on top, a popular local style. The draft beer set, which comes with either gyoza pot stickers or Japanese-style chicken wings, is only offered from 17:00 to 22:00. In the copious souvenir store, you'll find a large selection of Pierrot merchandise.

    The shop is famous for its fried chicken hamburger with mayonnaise, a change from the conventional burger. We also ordered the fried chicken curry rice. The fried chicken was tasty not dried. The...

  • Marukatsu Fisheries
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    3.5
    185 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Toyokawachou 12-10 Hakodate Bay Inside the Gastronomic Club
    Marukatsu Fisheries is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant operated by a long-established company that has been running fresh fish shops in Hakodate for 50 years. This superb restaurant uses only the finest, freshest fish, carefully selected by experienced fishermen, and makes sushi rice with just the right amount of vinegar and soy sauce to complement the sushi.

    The sushi is fresh and reasonable price, but average taste. The customer service is poor. I had to wait for a long time to get the waiter to serve me a glass of iced water. Be prepared to wait in a...

  • Kantaro Ugaura Head Office
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Ugaurachou 14-4
    The first of a chain of conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Ugaura Town, Hakodate City, Hokkaido, Kantaro Sushi offers classic sushi created by expert sushi chefs. Fresh seafood is delivered every morning from the fish market, bringing a freshness that only comes from being in a port town. Here you can taste a wide variety of sushi, including their renowned large portions of Pacific bluefin tuna, while taking in the views of Tsugaru Strait and Mt. Hakodate from the window. It’s a thriving restaurant frequented by local residents as well as people from afar.

    Initially hesitant to come as having sushi for dinner can go very expensive especially for reasonably good ones at a sushi restaurant in Japan. Nonetheless we went ahead since we are on a holiday, so...

  • Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    173 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.

    waste time and small garden. Reachable by car street. Footbatha so small. Monkey looks unhappy and tiny

  • Lucky Pierrot (Jujigai Ginza Restaurant)
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    4.0
    134 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Suehirocho 8-11
    This restaurant specializing in local handmade hamburgers and curry rice is located in the outskirts of Hakodate City. The restaurant exclusively uses ingredients source locally in Donan (Southern Hokkaido) and the rest of Hokkaido. Their food, which is all cooked to order, has a reputation for being hot and delicious. Their most popular item is their Chinese chicken burger, which features salty-sweet fried chicken, lettuce, and mayonnaise.

    This is one of the most bizarre settings for a fast food burger place weve ever been too. Totally Christmas themed throughout and giving the place a I dont quite believe it feel - absolutely...

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