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Sit back and relax on this orientation tour through Hakodate that takes in the key landmarks, including Mount Hakodate, an extinct volcano that looms over the city.
Enjoy the views of Hakodate from the comfort of your motor coach. Hakodate is one of the first ports that opened to foreign trade following Japan’s period of self-isolation, which ended with the Kanagawa Treaty of 1854. It has now grown to become the island’s third largest city, even though its land is somewhat limited by mountains and the sea.
Along the way, you might pass landmarks such as Fort Goryokaku, a star-shaped citadel built in the 19th century to protect Hakodate from Western imperialists; the Motomachi district, where most foreigners lived after the city was opened to the west. The Kanemori red-brick warehouses, along Hakodate’s waterfront, are also worth noting. Each area offers a historical perspective of Hakodate.
Still, the highlight is the panoramic drive to the top of Mount Hakodate, an extinct volcano now covered with forest. Weather permitting, the summit offers spectacular sweeping views in every direction and is the best vantage point to see the urban sprawl below.
Before returning to the pier, you will also have the chance to stretch your legs while pausing for photos in the Yahata-zaka area.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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