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Things to do in Hakodate

Best attractions to visit in Hakodate

1. Fort Goryokaku - Hakodate

Fort Goryokaku

Fort Goryokaku is a massive, star shaped, Western style citadel, which was built in the last years of the Edo Period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by the Western powers. A few years later, the fort became the site of a civil war between an army of the shogunate and the superior troops of the newly established Meiji government. Over one thousand cherry trees were planted along its moats, making it one of Hokkaido's best cherry blossom spots. The peak of the blooming season usually takes place around early May.

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2. Matsumae - Hakodate

Matsumae

Matsumae is a previous château town only west of Cape Shirakami, the southernmost purpose of Hokkaido. Just 20 kilometers over the Tsugaru Strait from Aomori, Matsumae was the northern furthest reaches of Japan amid the Edo Period and the sole primitive fief on the generally wild, untamed boondocks of Hokkaido. The prosperous town pulled in dealers occupied with the delivery exchange, and was secured by a battalion at Matsumae Castle, the main Japanese style château to have been based on Hokkaido. The present three story high structure is a cutting edge solid recreation from the mid 1960s which houses a neighborhood history historical center showing a determination of relics of the nearby Matsumae tribe, including a few things identified with the Ainu.

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3. Motomachi - Hakodate

Motomachi

For a large portion of the 250 years of the Edo Period (1603-1867), the leaders of Japan disallowed all associations with remote nations. At the point when the time of disconnection at long last finished in the 1850s, Yokohama was one of just a couple port towns where remote merchants, hoping to benefit from the recently opened nation, were allowed to dwell. While the Chinese made themselves a Chinatown, Westerners took up in the slopes of the Yamate territory, which was additionally called "The Bluff". The Yamate zone holds various destinations identifying with its history as the fundamental private region of Westerners in Yokohama. Nonetheless, as a result of the Great Kanto Earthquake, few of them originate before 1923.

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4. Mount Hakodate - Hakodate

Mount Hakodate

Mount Hakodate (函館山, Hakodateyama) is a 334 meter high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula on which much of central Hakodate is located. On clear days and nights, in particular, the views from the mountain are spectacular and included among Japan's three best night views alongside the views from Nagasaki's Mount Inasa and Kobe's Mount Rokko. Facilities at the summit, which is accessible by ropeway, bus or car, include observation platforms (free of charge), souvenir shops, a cafe and a cafeteria style restaurant.

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5. Onuma Quasi National Park - Hakodate

Onuma Quasi National Park

Designated as a "quasi national park" and located only twenty kilometers north of Hakodate, Onuma Park is known for its picturesque, island dotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. Onuma Park can be easily visited in either a day trip from Hakodate or on a stop over on a journey between Hakodate and Sapporo, since most limited express trains between the two cities stop at Onuma Koen Station, the central railway station. Furthermore, during the warmer seasons there are sightseeing boat tours offered every 40 minutes, lasting about 30 minutes (1100 yen per person). From Hakodate Station, Onuma Koen Station can be reached in 20 minutes by limited express train (1160 yen by non-reserved seat) or in one hour by local train (540 yen).

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6. Red Brick Warehouses - Hakodate

Red Brick Warehouses

Hakodate Port was among the main Japanese ports to be opened to universal exchange towards the finish of the Edo Period (1600-1867). A few red block distribution centers from past exchanging days make due along the waterfront in the inlet territory of Hakodate, and have as of late been redeveloped into a barometrical shopping, feasting and diversion complex. Other than a commonplace scope of popular gift, mold, inside and desserts shops, the complex likewise includes an eatery, a lager corridor, a sanctuary for weddings and touring travels of the inlet.

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7. Morning Market - Hakodate

Morning Market

The Hakodate Morning Market is held daily from 5am (from 6am during winter) to noon, just a few steps away from JR Hakodate Station. The market area spans about four city blocks. Products on sale include various types of fresh seafood such as crabs (kani), salmon eggs (ikura) and sea urchin (uni), as well as fresh produce such as melons. Many restaurants can be found in the market area, offering fresh seafood breakfasts, such as uni-ikura domburi.

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