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  • Goryokaku Tower
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    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.

    We caught a tram to a stop close to this tower. You get wonderful views of the area, especially the star-shaped Fort. It is interesting to read about the history of the area. We had an enjoyable...

  • Mt. Hakodate Observatory
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Hakodateyama
    Mt. Hakodate Observatory on the summit of Mt. Hakodate affords views of Hakodate and its suburbs. The Mt. Hakodate Ropeway reaches the summit from the base in about three minutes. From the rooftop observation deck on the top floor, you can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Hakodate, which have been given a three-star rating in the “Michelin Green Guide Japon” travel guide. Inside the observatory, there is a gift shop selling Mt. Hakodate-limited merchandise as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy the chefs’ signature Japanese and Western cuisine while gazing at the night view full of an infinite number of lights.
  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    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.
  • Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples
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    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.

    The museum is not particularly big but it certainly holds a lot of information. The museum is not just about the Ainu, but also other indigenous cultures. They have volunteer guides as well who...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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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.

    The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is situated further up from Motomachi Park. This American colonial style two story building was constructed in 1910 after the former public hall was lost in the...

  • Former British Consulate of Hakodate
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    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.

    We went up Motoi-zaka about two hundred meters to reach the former British Consulate. This building built in 1913 served as the British Consulate until it was closed in 1934. It was later acquired by...

  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
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    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.

    This church is side by side with Catholic curch, so dont miss it. A small church with history on the hills Inside you can buy candle, to support the building maintenance

  • Foreigners’ Cemetery
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Funamichou 23
    The “Foreigners’ Cemetery” is located on a hill overlooking Hakodate Bay. After the opening of the port in the late Edo period many people from overseas came in and out of Hakodate and many of them died here never returning to their homeland. The first to be buried were two American sailors from Perry’s fleet and since then many foreigners from countries such as England, Russia and China, etc. who died in Hakodate are buried here.
  • Fukuyama Castle (Matsumae Castle)
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    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Matsushiro
    Fukuyama Castle (Matsumae Castle) is Japan’s northernmost castle, constructed in 1854. Matsumae Castle was built to protect Japan from the many foreign ships that appeared off the coast at that time. Part of the Matsumae castle was destroyed by fire in 1949 where a fierce battle of the Boshin War had once occurred. The tower and three stories of the castle were restored in 1961. The Honmaru Gate was designated as a National Important Cultural Property, and a selection of artifacts and many other historical materials are on display.
  • Former Nakamura Family Residence
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    Hokkaido Hiyamagunesashichou Nakautachou 22
    These historical buildings were built by Omi merchants who were engaged in the wholesale seafood business from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period, and are representative of wholesale buildings of the time. There is a two-story gabled main building made of cypress storehouses lining the streets from the main house to the shore and a loading and unloading place called “Hanedashi” at the far end. The buildings bring the glory of the past to the present and also show displays of material related to the Kitamae ship and herring fishing industries.
  • Onuma Yusen
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    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 1023-1
    Onuma Yusen is a pleasure boat on which you can relax and enjoy the Onuma Quasi-National Park, which includes three lakes and Mt. Komagatake and is one of Japan’s Top Three New Views. The Island Circuit route runs regularly from May to October, and you can relax while going round the islands on Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake which requires about 30 minutes. There are also motor boats, rowing boats, and pedal boats, and winter activities such as snow mobiles on the ice, 4-wheel buggies and snowshoe tours can also be enjoyed in the winter.

    大沼は自転車で回る方も多いのですが、私は自転車がダメで船で大沼観光を。大沼は沼だと思っていたられっきとした湖だとか。大沼湖・小沼湖からなっているそうです。ガイドの方がずっと詳しく説明してくださって、すっかり大沼通に。30分と時間もちょうどよい観光です。

  • Hakodate City Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship “Mashu-maru”
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    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.
  • Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 22-11 inside the winning hotel
    This is a hands-on museum that tells the path to glory of Saburo Kitajima, who is the one of most famous Japanese enka folk singers. The museum is full of highlights, including a section that reproduces the location where Kitajima spent his youth in Hakodate and a theater zone where a robot version of the singer performs his famous song “Matsuri.” There are also plenty of original goods, including doll cakes baked in the shape of his face and Daiginjo sake made with references to his famous song “Otoko no Namida (Man’s tear).” The museum is located seven minutes from Hakodate Station by local train.

    ここに行けばいつでもサブちゃんを見られます。子どものころから見慣れ、聞き慣れた昭和の名歌手について詳しく知ることができました。

  • Hachiman-Zaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou
    Hakodate has many hills but this particularly steep hill is famous for offering the most beautiful scenery. It is loved as the “Charmy Green Slope” as it was used as a location for a Charmy Green commercial. Once you’ve made it to the top you’ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful road extending out towards the ocean. Part of the hill’s appeal is the different views that can be had during each season. There are also steps and handrails going up to the top of the hill.
  • Trappistine Monastery Tenshien Shop
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Kamiyunokawachou 346
    A 10-minute walk from the Trappistine Convent bus stop. This Trappist monastery is situated on a hill sandwiched between Mt. Hakodate and the city. The monastery was the first one erected for women in Japan when it was built in 1898. The site was originally used by an orphanage before it was destroyed in a storm. The monastery rebuilt on the site was also later lost in a fire. The current monastery was rebuilt in 1927 and is notable for its brick walls and semicircular windows. The monastery is adjoined by a museum, shop, and garden; the shop's French Madeleines cakes are popular souvenirs.
  • Onuma
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    Nanae-cho Kameda-gun, Hokkaido
    Onuma Quasi-National Park, which is located around 15 minutes' drive from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, consists of three lakes-Onuma, Konuma and Junsainuma-with a total of 126 small islands in them. There are bridges linking the small islands in Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake, so visitors can enjoy strolling across the lakes while admiring the beautiful scenery and the many different flowers and plants. There are regular boat services on the lakes, which provide even better views. Onuma is famous as being one of the best places in Hokkaido to view autumn foliage; Kogetsu Bridge, with its superb views of Mt. Komagatake, is a particularly popular spot for this. In the winter, the lakes are almost completely frozen over; at this time of year visitors can enjoy riding snowmobiles, sledging, and watching swans.
  • Haikara Ishokan
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13 In the old Hakodate ward public hall
    In the historic Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is the Haikara Ishokan (costume museum) which is open for about nine months from March to the second half of December. You can try on some elegant and retro-style clothing and take a commemorative photo at the building that is often called the local Rokumeikan. The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, built in 1910, is a beautiful building blending both Japanese and Western styles. The building is a symbol of the prosperity and Western influence Hakodate gained as a trading port between the end of the Edo period and the Meiji period.

    旧函館区公会堂内にある衣装館。入るのには公会堂の入場券が必要です。衣装のレンタルは1000円、メイクとヘアで1000円。衣装のレンタルはかなり無愛想ですが、ヘアはかなり手早く変身させてくれます。メイクはポイントメイクのみなので、下地や眉、マスカラはつけて行った方がいいです。衣装はかなり派手目なので、困りましたが、ヘアを合わせると雰囲気が出てテンションが上がります。 メイクが終わってから20分の写真...

  • FRIENDLY BEAR
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    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 215
    Located directly in front of JR Onuma-Koen Station, this sightseeing facility houses souvenir shops, rest areas, restaurants and a rental bicycle service. The lakeside of Lake Onuma is a treasure trove of autumn leaves, fresh greenery, and wild animals, and takes about 70 minutes to go around the lake by bicycle. Renting a bike is a great way to get about and take in the scenery. In the restaurant you can taste the flavors of Hokkaido with dishes using the local specialty of water-shield (a kind of plant), and Mongolian-style mutton barbecue set meals. Don’t forget to check out the views of Onuma from the observatory on the third floor!

    大沼ビールを飲みたくて、ブロイハウス大沼に行ったのですが、臨時休業でがっかりしてたところ、こちらでも飲めることを思い出して来ました。 生ビールはやはり美味しいです。 注ぎ方も良く、満足して帰りました。

  • Old Russian Consulate
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Funamichou 17-3
    This building has red brick walls, white window frames and a blue roof. The charming building which was built on the Saiwai-zaka slope leading up to the foot of Mt. Hakodate is the former Russian consulate. After the opening of Hakodate, Goshkevich arrived as the first Russian consul. After repeated construction and fire, the present building as it is seen now, was completed in 1908. It became a Soviet Union consular office after the Russian Revolution but closed in 1944. Currently you can only see the outside of the building while the luxuriously decorated interior remains closed to the public.
  • Chachanobori Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi
    Chachanobori Slope is a narrow slope of road passing between Hakodate St. John’s Church and Hakodate Orthodox Church up the road from Motomachi Catholic Church on the Daisanzaka Slope. In the Ainu language ‘cha cha’ means grandfather or old man. As the name suggests, it’s a steep slope, so you really need to bend over at the waist like an old man in order to climb up. From the top of the slope however you can get beautiful city views of Hakodate. You can enjoy the exotic beauty of this slope especially in fall when the Japanese rowan trees splash the street with their distinctive red color.

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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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