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Hakodate in Winter

Updated: Jan 13, 2023

(Japanese translation below)

By Himari Sato

Hakodate is popular as a tourist spot not only among Japanese, but also among foreigners. The night view from Mt. Hakodate is very famous. It’s not official, but Japanese people call it one of the three major night views in Japan or the third best night view in the world. You can enjoy seeing the night view from Mt. Hakodate in any season, but the night view in winter has a different beauty from other seasons. In addition, you can also enjoy other sightseeing spots in winter.

In Hakodate, some events are held in winter. One of them is the Hakodate illumination. The event is held from December to February, and Hachiman-Zaka Slope is illuminated by many lights. Moreover, Kaiko-Dori Street and Nijukken-Zaka Street slope is also illuminated, so you can take a walk along these beautiful streets. The night view during Hakodate illumination is full of light and snow, so it is very beautiful. This is the reason that the night view in winter has a different beauty from other seasons.

If you visit Hakodate Bay area in December, you can see a big Christmas tree and Santa Clauses climbing the wall of the Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse. This is the Hakodate Christmas fantasy, which attracts many people.

One of the reasons many people visit the event is to see the moment the tree is lit up. You can see the moment twice a day, but you might want to go at 6:00 p.m., because you can see fireworks as well as the illuminated tree. The time to see the fireworks is short, but it’s worth seeing. If you stay in Hakodate for more than two nights, you might want to see the fireworks from Mt. Hakodate, because you can see the fireworks from above.

Moreover, you can see fireworks not only at this event but also at the Hakodate Winter Fireworks. The event’s fireworks are set off on the sea. It will be held four times in February this year. The fireworks are set off about 10 minutes from 8 p.m., so you can see fireworks longer than the Hakodate Christmas fantasy.

If you want to enjoy seeing the night view for a long time, you should see it from inside a restaurant on Mt. Hakodate or a hotel around the Hakodate Bay area. At the restaurant Genova, you can have lunch as well as dinner, and you can eat seafood or seasonal food there. Hakodate is also famous for seafood, so you can eat delicious seafood. If you want to sit at a window seat, you might want to make a booking in advance.

As you can see, Hakodate has a lot of attractions. In addition to these, Hakodate also has a lot of attractions that are not fully introduced here. If you have a chance to visit Hakodate, please find your favorite spot or event.


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