Mountain in Hakodate

Hakodate-yama & Ropeway

Mention you've been to Hakodate and every Japanese person you know will ask if you took in the night view from atop Hakodate-yama – it's that famous! Take the ropeway (gondola) to the top for amazing views over the …
Top Choice Market in Hakodate

Hakodate Morning Market

With crabs grilling over hot coals, freshly caught squid packed tightly in ice-stuffed styrofoam and the sing-song call of vendors, Hakodate Morning Market does a fantastic impression of an old-time seafood market –…
Park in Hakodate


Japan's first Western-style fort was built in 1864 in the shape of a five-pointed star (goryō-kaku means 'five-sided fort') designed to trap attackers in deadly crossfire. Nothing remains of the actual structure but…
Notable Building in Hakodate


This well-preserved historic residence typifies Esashi's prosperous past with a gabled roof made of cypress and a foundation of stones shipped from the Hokuriku region. More than a residence, it was also office and …
Historic Building in Hakodate

Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, built in 1910, is an ornate mansion and a well-preserved example of Meiji era (1868–1912) style. From the verandah there are good views over the bay.
Historic Building in Hakodate

Old British Consulate

From 1913 to 1934, this whitewashed mansion served as the British consulate. You can tour the restored interior and have tea (¥540) on the ground floor.
Church in Hakodate

Orthodox Church

Dating from 1916, this Russian Orthodox church is adorned with distinctive copper domes and spires. It's still in use by the 300 or so (mostly elderly) members of the Japanese Orthodox community.
Cemetery in Hakodate

Foreigners' Cemetery

Along the bay, on the western fringe of town (where few visitors venture) is the small, grassy cemetery that contains the graves of sailors, clergy and others who died far from their homelands. Many are marked with …
Museum in Hakodate

Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples

Inside the old Japan Bank building (1926), this museum has interesting exhibitions (labeled in English) about Ainu culture and also some of the other indigenous cultures from Sakhalin (the island north of Hokkaidō, …
Tower in Hakodate

Goryō-kaku Tower