Hakodate, Hokkaido Course

Suggested Itinerary

Getting Here

Tokyo International Airport
Approximately 1 hours 20 minutes by air
Hakodate Airport

Day 1

Hakodate Airport
Approximately 30 minutes by car
Bay area (Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse)
Approximately 50 minutes by car
Ōnuma Quasi-National Park
Approximately 50 minutes by car
Yunokawa Onsen (After dinner, view the city from Mt. Hakodate, one of the famous night views of Japan)
Approximately 20 minutes by car
Stay overnight at Yunokawa Onsen

Day 2

Yunokawa Onsen
Approximately 15 minutes by car
Hakodate Asaichi (Morning market)
Approximately 10 minutes by car
Motomachi Catholic Church [Catholic-related site]
Approximately 20 minutes by car
Goryokaku Park
Approximately 20 minutes by car
* 35 minutes by shuttle bus/available only in summer season Reference Click here (Japanese only)
Trappistene Convent [Catholic-related site]
Approximately 5 minutes by car
Hakodate Airport

Attractions on the 1st day

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

A sightseeing spot that is representative of Hakodate is located in the bay area. Various shops selling sweets, souvenirs, accessories, sundries, etc. are gathered in the retro brick warehouses.
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Ōnuma Quasi-National Park

Ōnuma Quasi-National Park

126 islands of varied sizes are scattered across the pond of the Park. Some of them are connected by bridges and a number of paths spread over them like a mesh to serve as walking trails for the island tour. You can enjoy cycling, or boarding a small boat or pleasure boat.
The official website Click here (Japanese only)

The Night View from Mt. Hakodate

The Night View from Mt. Hakodate

You can enjoy a world-class "Premier view" from Mt. Hakodate, which was awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. A restaurant and shop are available on the observation deck located on the summit.
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Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen

Many tourists visit this hot spring resort due to its easy access by a tramcar and convenient location about five minute drive from the airport. A stroll around the spa town provides entertainment and various attractions including historical spots, long-established stores and popular cafe. Monkeys bathe in an onsen bath set in the tropical garden from December to next early May every year.
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Attractions on the 2nd day

Hakodate Morning Market

Hakodate Morning Market

An array of about 250 shops comprise the market. It is like a kaleidoscope of wonderland tastes collected from each corner of Hakodate, including sea foods, vegetables, fruits, candies and delicacies.
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Motomachi Roman Catholic Church

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church [Catholic-related site]

The first wooden church was built in 1877. The current building was rebuilt in 1924. The gorgeous altar in the cathedral was presented by Pope Benedict XV. The church shares in creating the typical scenery of Motomachi together with other neighboring churches.
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Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku is a star-shaped fort and has been designated as a special historic site of Japan. This site was once stage of the Hakodate War, the final battle in the Boshin War (civil war between Imperial and Shogunate forces). It is famous for its cherry blossom views in spring; the moat surrounding the fort is illuminated in winter. Hakodate bugyosho (magistrate's office in old days) was restored here in 2010.
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Trappistine Convent

Trappistine Convent [Catholic-related site]

Established in 1898 as Japan's first convent. The current minster was rebuilt in 1927. A tour of the front gardens and the material room with a shop is possible. After 2015, Wednesdays are closed from November to March (though it may be open in some cases).
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