Hakodate

Japan

Cruises to Hakodate

The best view of Hakodate is seen from high atop its namesake mountain. Ride the gondola to the observation deck and gaze down at the spectacular vista below. Immerse yourself in history within the star-shaped walls of Fort Goryokaku and explore the site of famous battles that transformed Japan. Work up an appetite strolling along the city's sloping streets and enjoy a mouth-watering seafood rice bowl (kaisen-don) from the Hakodate Morning Market.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Hakodate Port Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    JST (Japan Standard Time) UTC/GMT +9 hours
  • Language
    Japanese is the official language. Say "hello" in Japanese: Kon'nichiwa (koh-NEE-chee-wah)
  • Currency & Shopping
    Japanese yen (JPY) Traditional lacquerware, handmade crafts
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Most destinations are within a 30 min. car ride from port.
    • Famous For
      Ride the gondola to the top of Mount Hakodate and admire the stunning vista below.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Fort Goryokaku was designed in the shape of a five-pointed star in order to trap attackers in crossfire.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Eleven restaurants feature Hakodate's signature seafood rice bowls at Donburi Yokocho in Hakodate Morning Market.
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