If you find yourself in Hakodate, at the southern part of Hokkaido, know that there are many things you can do that lets you explore the city as a tourist, while also learning about its rich history. Here is a list of activities you can do whether you are a solo traveller or traveling with friends or family.
There are two wildly fascinating matsuri which take place a few days apart from each other in the middle and in the south of Hokkaido. These are not to be missed, and are not only cultural events to watch, but also to take part in. Welcome to the Port Festival of Hakodate and the Bellybutton festival of Furano.
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, approximately 15 minutes on tram ride from the JR Hakodate station, is a western style structure built in the Meiji era.
The park, the battleground for the last battle of the Boshin War, has been designated as the Special Historic Site, Goryokaku Fort by the government, and is one of the popular tourist destinations where many locals enjoy strolling.
Mount Hakodate rises 334 meters from the sea, and from that point captivates the viewer with one of Japan's top three night views.
Hachimanzaka is one of the most popular scenic spots in Hakodate, along with the nightscape from Mt. Hakodate.