THE THOUSAND SHADES OF HAKODATE

  • Port

    Hakodate

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    USD119.0

  • Duration in hours

    9

  • Shore excursion code

    01TF

Description

The intriguing sides of the southernmost city on the island of Hokkaido in a fascinating tour to discover its history and traditions: a typical fish market where we enjoy a delicious lunch, historical red-brick warehouses in the port brought back to life, a peaceful Catholic monastery, a natural feast in a lovely park and a sensational cablecar ride offering breathtaking views.



What we will see
  • Hakodate Asaichi morning fish market
  • Lunch with fish specialities (1500 Yen voucher)
  • The historic Kanemori warehouse
  • Trappist convent
  • Goryokaku fort, impressive star-shaped building
  • Stroll in the amazing park of the fort
  • Ride on the scenic Hakodate-yama ropeway


What we will do
  • We start our excursion at the Hakodate Asaichi market selling fresh high-quality local fish between dawn and noon.
  • We wander among the stalls and admire the crabs and jellyfish in the huge tanks. We also grab the opportunity to enjoy a fish lunch by spending the 1500 yen voucher at our disposal.
  • After our feast, we continue our tour of the Kanemori warehouses, imposing red brick buildings in the port area, a testimony to the historic role of Hakodate in international trade. They were perfectly restored and are now home to a shopping mall by the sea, restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • We then move on to Hakodate’s Trappist convent. We admire its buildings, also made of red brick surrounded by a peaceful well-tended garden where guests can breath in spiritual peace.
  • Our next stop is Goryokaku fort, a star-shaped defensive building built almost 150 years ago to protect the city. It has since been turned into a magnificent park famous for its 1,600 cherry trees.
  • We walk among the lush vegetation generating magnificent landscapes in all seasons: a profusion of light pink in spring with cherry trees blossoming, emerald green in summer, deep red in autumn and the white of the snow in winter.
  • The last stop on our tour is the Hakodate-yama ropeway which takes us to the top of Mount Hakodate in only 3 minutes, from where we can see the city and the sea lying below us.

What you need to know
  • There is limited availability of guides that speak English and other European languages.
  • A 1500 yen voucher is supplied for lunch at the Hakodate Asaichi market.