Discover Hakodate

Hakodate is a destination with something for everyone. Be it shopping, exploring, visiting parks and gardens, sightseeing, nature, adventure, you name it. Shop at the Kanemori Red Brickhouse, visit the Goryokaku Park, the Hachiman Zaka Slope or explore nature at Mount Hakodate...

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

FAQs

Getting around in Hakodate

The easiest way around Hakodate is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

 

Travelers can also opt to buy the Hakodate Tram and Bus Pass to get around: 

  • Hakodate 1-Day Tram Pass

    • Coverage: all trams within Hakodate

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 600 Yen

    • Where to buy: information booth at Hakodate Station

 

  • Hakodate 1-Day Tram and Bus Pass

    • Coverage: all trams and buses within Hakodate

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 1000 Yen

    • Where to buy: information booth at Hakodate Station

 

  • Hakodate 2-Day Tram and Bus Pass

    • Coverage: all trams and buses within Hakodate

    • Duration: 2 days

    • Price: 1700 Yen

    • Where to buy: information booth at Hakodate Station

Getting to Hakodate

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by bullet-train have to transfer at Shin-Hakodate station and take a local train to Hakodate station. 


Valid rail passes:

 

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Hakodate Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 35 minutes

 

Car rentals:

How long to stay in Hakodate

We recommend staying in Hakodate between one and two days.
 

Hotels in Hakodate

Flights to Hakodate

The nearest and most convenient airport is Hakodate Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 35 minutes

Seasonal information

Cherry blossoms:

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido is usually in late April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 

 

Scenic rides:

  • Hakodate Ropeway: click here to go to the official website

Festivals in Hakodate

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Hakodate Port Festival

    • Date: August 1st until 5th

 

  • Hokkaido Shimbun Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 1st

    • Time: 19:45 - 21:00
       

  • Hakodate International Folk Art Festival

    • Date: August 5th until August 11th

    • Time: 16:00 - 21:30
       

  • Hakodate Night Festival

    • Date: August 12th until 14th

    • Time: 17:00 - 21:00
       

  • Hakodate Hachimangu Festival

    • Date: August 14th and 15th

 

  • Hakodate Airport Festival

    • Date: August 31st

    • Time: 10:00 - 15:00

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Day trips from Hakodate

Take a trip up north to Onuma. Located in Hokkaido, Onuma features a volcanic mountain surrounded by a national park with a beautiful lake. You can hike, take a boat, ...

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Distance, km: 24.30

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Mount Esan is an active volcany located just a bit outside of Hakodate. Get gorgeous views of the area by visiting the Esan Observatory. Here you get panoramic views and ...

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Distance, km: 36.85

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Cape Tappi has several captivating sights such as the Highway of Stairs, which go down a cliff and end up at a fishing village.

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Distance, km: 64.43

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