Jewel of the North

Hakodate is one of Hokkaido's top hidden destinations. As Japan's first port city to open to foreign trade back in 1854, visitors can witness the early influences this had on the city's culture and development.

Discover some unique architectural curiosities, from the Russian Orthodox Church (1859), the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward to the red-brick Motomachi and Western-style Goryokaku fort.

If you’re visiting this winter, be sure to not miss Hakodate's wintertime festivities. Not forgetting the skiing or sledding opportunities, visit one of the many illuminations or snow and ice festivals to really understand what Hakodate is all about.

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