The Best of Hakodate
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 hours
This morning, visit the Goryokaku Tower for a view of the graceful Goryokaku pentagonal structure. This was built in 1864 to defend Hokkaido, and is now surrounded by a public park. Then, walk to the Hakodate Bugyosho, or Magistrate’s Office, opened in 2010 and located in Goryokaku Park. It was rebuilt as a faithful copy of the original building using traditional methods. Remove your shoes, in keeping with Japanese custom, and step inside the building to view the historical exhibits. Next you’ll visit the Hakodate Morning Market, which is made up of more than 280 stalls selling fresh seafood. After lunch at a local restaurant, take the aerial cableway up Mt Hakodate. From the top you can look back over the Hakodate Peninsula, viewing the city, the ocean and an endless panorama. Back in town, you will visit the Hakodate Museum of Northern People, housed in the former Bank of Japan building (1926) and exhibiting precious artifacts of the Ainu or Aleut people. Return to the ship at the end of your tour.
Aerial cableway operation is weather permitted. Tour coach will be used to go up to the mountain top if aerial cableway is not operating. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency for additional purchases. Shoes must be removed during the visit to Hakodate Bugyosho (Magistrate's office). Not recommended for guests with limited mobility.