Top ChoiceMountain in Hakodate

Hakodate-yama

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 (334m) – it's that famous! You want to get up here for sunset or after dark:...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Hakodate

Kikuyo Shokudo

Inside Hakodate Morning Market, Kikuyo Shokudo got its start in the 1950s as a counter joint to feed market workers and is now one of the top reasons to come to Hakodate. The speciality here is the Hakodate...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Hakodate

Tea Shop Yūhi

Filling the halls of a wooden building from 1885 (actually the old Hakodate Quarantine Office) is this magical teahouse overlooking the water. It's lit only by natural light so closes after the sun sets. In the...

Top ChoiceMarket 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...

Notable Building in Hakodate

Former Nakamura Residence

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a roaring herring trade turned Esashi (江差; pop 8110) on the west coast of Hokkaido's southern peninsula, 70km west of Hakodate, into a boomtown. The Nakamura-ke Residence is the...

Park in Hakodate

Goryō-kaku-kōen

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...

Burgers in Hakodate

Lucky Pierrot

Hakodate's iconic burger shop has been voted best in the nation several times – despite its cultivated dive image. The house special is the Chinese chicken burger, an oddly addictive combo of twice-cooked...

Street Food in Hakodate

Daimon Yokochō

This is a fun place to gather in the evening: a collection of 25 food vendors in an old-style marketplace, with outdoor seats (when it's not freezing). You can take your pick from ramen, donburi (rice bowl)...

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.

Tower in Hakodate

Goryō-kaku Tower

Take the elevator to the observatory atop this 98m-tall tower to see the star-shaped footprint of Goryō-kaku-kōen. There are also displays on the history of the fort up here.

Cultural in Hakodate

Hakodate Port Festival

In early August, thousands of locals gather to perform traditional dances in the streets, including Hakodate's signature squid dance.

Museum in Hakodate

Future Center Hakodate

This interesting multimedia center has displays mainly aimed at a young crowd, but it is worth stopping at for the events, videos, performances, and demonstrations it offers. Among other things, there's a...

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...

Brewery in Hakodate

Hakodate Beer

Hakodate Beer makes its beer right here on the bay with groundwater from Hakodate-yama. You can buy bottles or sample the brews on tap, served here along with typical Japanese-inflected pub food (like chips and...

Historic Building in Hakodate

Red-brick Warehouse District

Red-brick Warehouse District

These early-20th-century red-brick warehouses on the waterfront are the legacy of Hakodate's status as a historic, international trade port. They've been restored and turned into a tourist mall (which seems apt)....

Museum in Hakodate

Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples

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

Cultural in Hakodate

Goryō-kaku Sai

Over the third weekend in May, participants parade through the streets in period dress, in honour of the soldiers who took part in the Meiji Restoration battle of 1868.

Historic Building in Hakodate

Old British Consulate

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

Brewery in Ōnuma Kōen

Brau Haus Ōnuma

Come here to sample the local microbrew, Ōnuma Beer (大沼ビール), on tap – or get bottles to go.