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Thank you all very much for your kind support over the recent tradegic events that happened in Japan. 
Fortunately Hakodate city was not affected by the severe earthquake that occurred in the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011 as the city is 500km away from the epicenter.
Restoration work is well under way after the effects of flooding.
Our sincere welcome will be extended to all visitors, our beautiful city of Hakodate is still as enjoyable now as it was before the earthquake.

Hokkaido Official Website Radiation Monitoring

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※These photographs show how Hakodate city looks like after the earthquake.

International tourist city Hakodate attracts sightseers.






In 2009, a regional brand survey conducted by Brand Research Institute, Inc identified Hakodate as the most attractive city or town in Japan. The night view from the top of Mt. Hakodate has been described as one of the top three in the world, along with Hong Kong and Naples. The city, which fans out from the base of Mt. Hakodate, begins to glow like jewels as the sun sets. Hakodate is situated in the south of Hokkaido and is surrounded by the Tsugaru Straits, the Pacific Ocean and Volcano Bay. The seafood caught in these waters is another attraction. We would like people to visit Hakodate to get some respite from their hectic lives.

Hakodate has a long and interesting history. After becoming an international port in the 1850s, Hakodate became open to foreign culture, resulting in, among other things, the construction of many western-style buildings. Some of these remain in the Western Area around the foot of Mt. Hakodate. The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, painted in vivid yellow and grayish blue; churches of countries' denominations; red brick warehouses built along the waterfront of the port; and stone-paved streets laid on the foot of the mountain create an atmosphere that suits the term "exotic". In addition, the Yunokawa Hot-Spring Resort, Hakodate's original place of retreat, was developed in the 1880s. You can see an array of hotels and Japanese-style inns varying in age and size.

Hakodate has many year-round attractions such as historical sites, fresh seafood and farm produce, and hot springs, as well as seasonal events such as festivals and its well-renowned open air play. Local people will welcome you in accents characteristic of port towns. Please visit and enjoy Hakodate to your heart's content.


  • Eating and drinking
    • Restaurant
    • Drinks
    • Cafe
    • Others
  • Sightseeing and activities
    • Activities
    • Sights(scenic spots)
    • Buildings(museum,cultural)