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  • Goryokaku Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 44
    Goryokaku is a star-shaped fortification that was the stage for the Battle of Hakodate, which was the final battle in the Boshin War. It was Japan’s first Western-style fortification, and it has been designated as a Special Historical Site. From December, illuminations in the moat are lit up, and you can enjoy fantastic views from Goryokaku Tower at the entrance. By the end of April, the Yoshino cherry blossoms in the park are in full bloom, and it is a cherry blossom viewing spot visited by many people.
  • Hakodate City Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship “Mashu-maru”
    221 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Wakamatsuchou 12 - ahead
    Hakodate City Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship “Mashu-maru” is where the Mashu-maru is preserved and open to the public in the actual boarding point where it operated until the last day of the Aomori-Hakodate ferry in 1988. In addition to the being able to visit the steering room and the communications room in contemporary state, there are exhibits of actual parts and models in the refurbished front green room, and you can learn about the history and operation of the Aomori-Hakodate ferry through video and audio. This museum is located four minutes’ walk from JR Hakodate Station.

    This attraction is closed! Like almost everything in Hakodate and Hokkaido. Government doesnt have to wonder why no tourists are coming. If you close all tourist sites what should we do?? Sad...

  • Motomachi Park
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 12-18
    From the Edo period to the Showa period this was the center of government that supported Hakodate with buildings such as the Hakodate magistrate’s office and the Hakodate branch of the Kaitakushi (Hokkaido Development Commission). Inside the park are four statues of the “Shitenno” (four leaders that contributed to Hakodate’s formation) and the monument details their achievements. Currently the park is used as a venue for charity events and flea markets, and in August the World Music and Dance Festival is held here. In the early summer the park is loved by Hakodate’s city dwellers for its roses that bloom profusely.
  • Hakodate Meijikan (Old Central Post Office)
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Toyokawachou 11-17
    This building was built in 1911 to serve as the Hakodate Post Office. This archetypal red brick structure that has survived through war and fire now plays a role in telling the story of Hakodate’s history. The inside of the building has become a shopping mall, and in addition to shops carrying Hokkaido’s folk art and glassware there is also a workshop in which visitors can try sandblasting and crafting music boxes, making this a great place to search for souvenirs. It is about a 15-minute walk or a five-minute drive by car from Hakodate Station.
  • Onuma Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 127
    A park situated along Prefectural Route 338 in Onuma-cho, Nanae Town, Kameda County, Hokkaido Prefecture. Park facilities include a 2.5-kilometer-long forest walking path along the shore of Onuma Lake, and visitors can stroll the grounds and take in the oaks, silver birches, and other trees; wild birds; and seasonal scenery such as fall foliage in autumn. The adjoining Center Lodge can be used as a rest lounge.
  • Matsumaehan Yashiki
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    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Nishidate 68
    A theme park located in Nishidate, Matsumae Town, Matsumae County, Hokkaido Prefecture. A recreation of a townscape of Matsume as it looked when it was a prosperous castle town in the Edo period, the park consists of 14 buildings, including a samurai mansion and merchant homes. Visitors can try on Japanese armor, make Matsumae-zuke (Matsumae-style pickles), and taste the atmosphere of Edo period.
  • Risshozan Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kudougunsetanachou Setana-ku Nishiosato
    A park situated along Prefectural Route 447 in Nishiosato, Setana-cho, Setana Town, Kudo County, Hokkaido Prefecture. The park has an observatory which offers a sweeping view of the town, the Sea of Japan, and on clear days, all the way to Okushiri Island. A renowned destination for azaleas, the park is also a popular place to take photos of the sun setting on the Sea of Japan.
  • Miharashi Park・Former Iwafune Garden (Kosetsuen)
    65 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 Nanae Snow Park
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    Hokkaido Kameda-gun Nanaecho Higashi Onuma 666
    This ski resort is located approximately 50 minutes by car from Hakodate City. You can enjoy the approximately four-kilometer ride on one of the longest gondolas in Japan that stretches for 3,319 meters. With its wide, gentle slopes that can be enjoyed by beginners and a grand panoramic view of Mt. Komagatake that unfolds right before you, this resort is sure to satisfy skiers and snowboarders alike. There are courses to match everyone's skill level from beginner to advanced, as well as a children's area so that young children can also enjoy themselves. Visitors are also sure to enjoy PEAKCAFE, a new restaurant at the top of the mountain that serves food made with local seasonal ingredients.
  • Hakodate Miraikan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Wakamatsucho 20-1 Kiralis Hakodate 3F
    On the third floor of Kirarisu Hakodate, visitors can experience cutting edge contents and workshops with a focus on science. The Media Wall is an enormous 2.4-meter long and 14.4-meter wide HD LED screen displaying animations that the Hokkaido Shinkansen runs through with the actual speeds, as well as life-size footage of animals. There is plenty of material for children to become immersed in here. It holds many different events and workshops.
  • Hakodate Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Aoyagicho 17
    A park built in 1879 which has a mini amusement park and zoo. The park commands an excellent view of the Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate, and visitors can also enjoy flower viewing in spring and the beauty of fall foliage in autumn.
  • Shiroishi Park Hakodate Auto-Camp Site
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Shiroishicho 208
    A recommended destination for tourists, this campground is located 30 minutes from downtown Hakodate in a naturally beautiful location. The popular auto campground has 110 sites, is able to accommodate 450 guests, and commands an excellent view of the Tsugaru Strait.
  • Unimaru Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Okushiri-gun Okushiricho Akaishi
    A park with a commanding view of the island of Hokkaido across a sea channel located a five-minute drive from the ferry terminal. In addition to the symbol of the park, a statue monument known as Unimaru; there's also the Unimaru time capsule, which contains messages to the 21st century written by people from across Japan. The park is situated on a rise and thus is a picturesque spot from which visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of the Okushiri Channel on clear days. The Unimaru monument is modeled after Strongylocentrotus nudus, a variety of sea urchin which is one of Okushiri's most well-known specialty products, at night the monument's 120 spines are beautifully illuminated.
  • Plaza of Greenery and Rocks
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kayabe-gun Morimachi Kasumidai
    The multipurpose ground spreads out in front of Komagatake dam, which was built for agricultural irrigation purposes. It's perfect as a rest area for hikers, or for camping. The wide open area is covered in lush lawn, and has a parking area, water fountains, toilets, and even hearth. The area around the grounds, called the Torizaki valley, is famous as a fall foliage spot. There are scenic spots, called the Eight Scenes of Torizaki Gorge, set around, and in fall they attract crowds of sightseers. The area is particularly nice because although it is right by the dam, the dam itself is not particularly prominent.
  • Tsuiki Farm
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kameda-gun Nanaecho Narukawa 4-297
    This fruit farm spreads out at the foot of Mt. Yokotsu, where the temperature differential is large and the environment perfect for fruit. They offer fruit like strawberries, cherries, plums and blueberries grown with low agricultural chemicals and no artificial fertilizers. This farm stands out for its huge variety, which they adopted with the idea that customers could come at any time and find a surprise waiting to be picked. Strawberry picking starts from late June, cherries are in July, and apples start in September. Unusually for fruit picking farms, they don't require reservations. Their environmentally-friendly low-chemical use means they are certified Eco Farmers.


  • Gennadai Kaihin Park, Sea Pool
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    Hokkaido Nishi-gun Otobecho Genna
    This leisure pool is in Gennadai Seaside Park, a sprawling area of greenery and play equipment near the sea. This bathing area is fully surrounded by breakwaters to keep the rough Sea of Japan waves at bay, so bathers can play in safety. This is the only beach in Hokkaido included in the Ministry of the Environment's the Best Beach 100 of Japan. It's particularly popular since the interior of the bay is such that the sea water flows steadily through, keeping waves under control for safe swimming. There are barrier-free toilets and changing rooms, with ramps down to the beach and even amphibious vehicles available, so it is a truly barrier-free beach.
  • Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Goryokakucho 37-6
    This museum is located near the Goryokaku Tower, a three-minute walk from the Goryoukaku Koen Iriguchi bus stop, and about seven minutes on foot from the tram stop Goryoukaku Koen-mae and is combined with the Hakodate Performing Arts Center. The exhibition focuses on modern works born in South Hokkaido and a collection of the calligrapher Kaneko Otei can be seen in the Otei Memorial room. Themed special exhibitions and lectures are also held. A family time is set up on Sunday mornings where families with children can casually visit and use discounts for special exhibitions. Original goods are also sold at the museum shop.

    The admission fee is only 150 yen per person. It is worth spending 30-50 minutes there before visit Goryokaku Tower and Goryokaku Park. The location is directly opposite Goryokaku Tower, very easy...

  • Fishing Vessel Kinryu Maru No. 18
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Aoyagicho 39-8
    This shop within Hakodate Sumiyoshi fishing harbor, is about a ten-minute walk from Aoyagi-cho tram stop, and offers a squid fishing experience. There is also a mania fishing plan for fishing fans where you can charter a boat for all kinds of fishing. Be aware that the fish caught depends on the season. The famous squid fishing experience plan is offered from July to the end of October and from April to the end of October. The fishing plan for women is a tourist-friendly plan which is also available for men to join. The boats sail four times, at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m., and two to seven people can join one sail. The 6 a.m. sail is recommended, as you are most likely to succeed in catching something. The fishing trip lasts about two hours and you can enjoy information provided by the captain.
  • BAY Hakodate
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Toyokawacho 11-5
    A two-minute walk from the Jujigai tram station. This shopping mall is located right next to the Kanemori Yobutsukan BAY Hakodate bus stop. Occupying a portion of the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse complex built along the canal in 1882, the mall hosts 17 tenants, including restaurants, accessories shops, and activity facilities. In addition, the happiness-bringing Fortunate Bell, inspired by the complexes original trade name, stands in the mall's event ground. Solo and group exhibitions are held in the BAY Gallery and visitors can also find a bicycle rental service here, perfect for exploring area sightseeing destinations.
  • KanemoriYobutsu-kan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Suehirocho 13-9
    A two-minute walk from the Jujigai tram station and a five-minute drive from Hakodate Station. This shopping mall is located right next to the Kanemori Yobutsukan BAY Hakodate bus stop. Occupying a portion of the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse complex built along the canal in 1882, the mall's 23 tenants include interior decoration, fashionable apparel, and accessories shops. Kanemori Brick LABO is a space where everyone from children to adults can have fun playing with interlocking block toys for free. The Yobutsukan Gallery can be used for free to host exhibitions.

Hokkaido Areas


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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