Hakodate, Japan overview

Opened to U.S. ships in 1854 and then in 1857 to general foreign trade, Hokodate was the chief port of Hokkaido until recently replaced by Sapporo. It is linked with Aomori on Honshu by the Seikan Tunnel. A commercial and industrial center, the city's main industries are fishing, shipbuilding, and food processing. Of interest is the Goryokaku, the fort where the Tokugawa shogun made his last stand.

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35 Hakodate, Japan Port Reviews


by rclooking

Don't need a shore excursion here. The port provides a free shuttle to downtown and everything is walkable from there. But there are only limited number of things to see.

Visited: May 07, 2017

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by BazaarBataar

Wonderful little town on an Ithmus. Easy to navagate from the fishmarkets to the fortress Goryokaku. Very walkable but quaint with its trams, some very modern and some vintage.


by mimirose

Easy to visit the attractions without guided tour! View from the mountain is stunning but nighttime view is supposed to be spectacular if time alliws

Visited: Apr 11, 2019

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by BritInCharlesto

Small quaint fishing town on island of Hokkaido. Not much to do other than browse the red brick warehouse shops and ride the cable car to the top if the hill. There’s also a good fish market to browse where you can squid fish

Visited: Jun 20, 2019

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