Top Attractions in Hakodate
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- A must do when in Hakodate is to go up the mountain. You can go on the rope way or by the bus that leaves from the station bus depot.
We went in the late afternoon and had been warned get to the bus stop early as there will be a line up and you may not get on the bus and have to wait for the next one .
That information turned out to be very good, we were there 30 minutes early and were third in line, by the time the bus came there were about 100 plus people waiting, we got a seat no problem and many people had to stand, others had to wait for the next bus so worth keeping that in mind .
On the way up to the mountain top the view was good but at the top we were in heavy cloud.
The place was packed, quite a lot of tour buses were parked there.
Hard to get a spot neat the viewing area railing , once you did hang onto it .
Every time there was a slight break in the clouds a roar went up from a big group of students who were there , that added to the atmosphere, Glad we took coats with us as it was cold up there, completely different from down at the mountain base.
We were there for about an hour all up , the clouds moved away twice just for a few seconds but not completely so hard to get cleat photos of the city and port below.
The lights do look great, on a clear night they say it is one of the best night views in Japan . We came back down on the first bus .
Every one seems to want to do it at night to see the lights, but I think it would be great in the daytime to actually see all there is to see .Written 15 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I really enjoyed the views on a clear day. Interesting history on many dioramas on the viewing level.Written 23 October 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice park but unfortunately it was raining on the day of our visit. Overall we managed to capture a few nice pics.Written 14 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Supposedly the place that appeared in many films and photos. Rather bare during winter. The slope is part of the traffic system so be careful when taking photos as the same slope is shared by vehicular traffic!Written 25 December 2019
- While staying in Hakodate we visited the market a couple of times, a interesting stroll near the port.
Being a big fishing port the market is as you would expect, ,lots of fish.
A great place to get any sea food you like.
You can buy a fish and they will cook it on the spot for you or you can have it as sashimi.
Plenty of little restaurants, good for breakfast.
Make sure you visit when in town.Written 14 September 2022
- While in Hakodate for a few days we used the tram a lot.
It was always clean and never crowded, the drivers were always polite and helpful.
It took us to all the places we needed to go .
The stops were never too far apart and it came about every 15 minutes.
Well worth using when in townWritten 12 September 2022
- Nice neighbourhood with old churches. Other attractions are also around the same area. We spent 3 to 4 hours walking around and visiting the various historical buildings.Written 25 December 2019
- You can access the ropeway by tram which stops a distance away or by bus which stops directly in front of the ropeway station.
Open at 10am, it costs JPY1000 for a one-way trip or JPY1500 for a return journey. It takes approximately 3 minutes on the ropeway where you can enjoy some magnificent views as well.Written 10 February 2020
- Beautiful architecture built in 1860, this is accessible from the Daikan Zaka slope. This church was originally built as a chapel attached to the first Russian Consulate.
The original church was destroyed by the Great Fire of Hakodate in 1907 and rebuilt in 1916.Written 7 February 2020
- The monastery is famous for their butter and madeleines, so we were disappointed to find out we couldn't actually buy any butter on site. You can also only access the front of a small part of the monastery, but the bit you can see is quite lovely.Written 3 July 2019
- Skilfully remade wooden building in the old style, lots to see, only about 1/3 in english but that's still a lot.Written 29 September 2019
- This Museum is easy to find for a tourist using public transport once you work out the tram system, as the stops are close (you can see the tracks in the photo). I love the anime 'Mononoke Hime' or 'Princess Mononoke' and a central protagonist is the boy/village leader of a northern group who tries to resolve the pressures of industrialisation and people's independence and survival on the natural world and a spiritual life. As a result this trip we travelled to the northernmost point of Hokkaido (Cape Soya) and sought out this Museum. Fascinating displays on this restricted theme - honest and factual in the Japanese style. English handouts - so much stays with me - the salmon skin shoes, the embroidery, the weapons. I'll try to go again, as Hakodate is at the southern end of Hokkaido and easy to visit physically and culturally.Written 12 April 2020
- If you’re interested in summer horse race in Japan, why not visit here?
I’m a turf fan…this horse racetrack is so good.
Very neat and clean.
safe and clean and has enough space to hang around.
2) Easy to access.
has enough place to park and 25 minutes by bus or Tram.
3) Food are delicious.
Friendly and reasonable… I love Tempra Soba and Onigiri. at Sobaokoro Hatsune
Remember that it's not a fancy restaurant.
4) If you want a long shot…
Check the results of horse races, you would realize it…
Anyway, I love this place.Written 16 June 2015
- We went to this place on 8th April. It was a weekday and there were hardly anyone in the park. It has a compact mini Zoo & it was well maintained. The Hakodate rope car & observatory which is a few blocks ahead is a must see. I recommend tourists who are not in a group to rent a car in Hakodate. You'll save a lot of time as the local transport is not all that great.Written 26 April 2019
- Visited on 03 Nov 2018, Saturday. Weather is awesomely good. Clear blue sky.
Transport: Took a special autumn leave viewing bus to kosetsuen from Hakodate bus terminal. This bus only operates from end oct to 11 Nov, departs at 10 am, return trip is at 12nn. One way fare is 300 yen per pax . U can use the 1 day bus/tram ticket for this. Well worth as it only takes 26 mins to reach the park instead of the usual 1 hour by bus no. 14. It’s ok not to take the 12 nn special bus back to town. U can take your time to enjoy viewing the leaves and take the normal schedule bus 14 back.
View: the colours of the leaves are awesome! I can say it’s the best place to be in autumn. The park is quite big and there is a children playground within the park . Great for hiking too. See my photos. Every turn is a postcard kind of view. Weather is cooling to walk in.
Tips: bring some snacks to picnic at the park. And water too. U will love it 😍!Written 3 November 2018
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