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Hakodate is often said to be one of the prettiest destinations on Japan’s island of Hokkaido. Combining nature, history, and delicious cuisine, there are many reasons to visit. Reserve your flights to Hakodate with EVA Air, a top airline with a modern fleet, excellent safety record, and fantastic services.
Ride the Ropeway up Mount Hakodate for beautiful views; the vistas are especially enchanting at night. Goryōkaku Tower also offers terrific vistas, but of a different nature — climb the 90-metre-high tower to look down on the star-shaped Fort Goryōkaku. The fort was the first Western-style defensive structure in Japan. It is now home to a local history museum and the gardens are a popular spot for locals to enjoy picnics. A stroll around the historic district of Motomachi reveals many attractive churches and other old buildings. The Russian Orthodox Church, Gokoku Shrine, the old British Consulate, and the Roman Catholic Church are among the highlights. Many visitors cannot resist the unusual sight of monkeys bathing in hot springs at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden during the snowy winter months. Other attractions include tasting the local delicacy of squid ramen, experiencing the buzz of the Morning Market, and bar hopping in Goryōkaku.
Summer is the peak tourist season in Hakodate, though spring and autumn also have pleasant weather, smaller crowds, and seasonal colours. Pack a sweater and light-weight jacket if visiting in the cooler seasons. You’ll need thick and heavy clothes if visiting in the winter, though this is the ideal time for a variety of snow sports.