Hakodate is a major port city located on Hokkaido Island, Japan. The port straddles a sandbar linking it to the mainland. Designated in 1854, it was one of Japan's first treaty ports. With population around 280,000, Hakodate City is Hokkaido's 3rd largest - following Sapporo (1,9 million) and Asahikawa (350,000).
The city boasts fine examples of turn-of-the-century colonial architecture, including Japan's first Western-style fort Goryokaku, constructed in the shape of a 5-pointed star. Today the fort is redesigned and used as a public park. It is among Hokkaido Island's most popular locations for cherry blossom viewing (called hanami). Since 2006, the park has the Goryokaku Tower, which resembles an air traffic control tower. It is accessible by the park's visitors and offers panoramic views of the park.
- Another popular tourist sites well worth visiting are the Old Public Hall, the Russian Orthodox Church Haristos, and the Mount Hakodate Ropeway (cable car). Nearby is Mount Komagatake and Onuma Quasi-National Park.
- Hakodate's cable car is Japan's most heavily used line - around 1,6 million riders annually. E;evation is 56 m (184 ft) and its length is 787 m (2582 ft). Cabins run once every 10 min. Travel time is 3 min. Fares are around USD 6 (one-way ticket) and USD 10 (round-trip ticket). The night view from Mt Hakodate (elevation 334 m / 1096 ft) is considered one of the country's best, and also one of the world's top 3 - ranked together with Hong Kong China and Naples Italy.
- Haristos Orthodox Church's bell is one of Japan's 100 soundscapes.
- In August each year, the city hosts the popular Hakodate Port Festival. Its citizens gather in the streets to show the famous Squid Dance (Ika-odori).
Hokkaido is the northernmost and 2nd-largest island of the Japanese archipelago. It is located between Pacific Ocean (to the east) and Sea of Japan (to the west). The island has width of approx 280 ml (450 km), length approx 260 ml (420 km) and is heavily forested. The climate is marked by cool summers and severe winters. The island's principal industries are fishing and forestry.
Highlights: Hokkaido Island, Mount Hakodate, Goryokaku Fort, Onuma Quasi-National Park
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