Which city in Hokkaido is more exciting: Sapporo or Hakodate?
I am considering escaping to cooler Hokkaido during the hot Japanese summer. I went to Sapporo once a few years ago but only to see the snow festival. I heard Hakodate has some interesting history, which I am a big fan. But I don't know much about these places and intend to spend a week or two just in one city to get to know it really well. Any feedback is appreciated!
Since you are wanting to escape the heat and like history, why not go to a beer museum in Sapporo. http://en.japantravel.com/view/sapporo-beer-museum-and-garden They have some great craft beer places in the city too! http://en.japantravel.com/view/beer-bar-north-island
I only plan to visit Hokkaido, but my grandfather liked Hakodate and I saw a lot of Japanese-style photos (with lanterns, temples etc) there, so I will go there at first. It's got a rep for one of the best nightviews in the world and it's got a great seafood market.