Hakodate abounds with natural beauty, historical buildings and delicious food. It is also famed for its abundance of hot springs, particularly the Yunokawa Onsen for a full body experience and the Ashiyu footbaths that are miniaturized hot spring baths designed for soaking one's feet. Also of interest is the Goryokaku fort. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the huge star-shaped fortress and surrounding moat from the adjoining Goryokaku Tower Observatory. Shop along the Bay Area facing Hakodate Port, its row of old red-brick buildings have been converted into a unique mall. After browsing, have a tea break while taking in the harbor views.

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  • Hakodate Highlights

    Discover the historic beauty of Hakodate, gateway to Hokkaido, and perhaps the most interesting and appealing city on the island.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Hakodate. As Japan's first Western-style fortification and one of the first ports open to Western trade, many influences of Hakodate's Colonial heritage remain to this day. Upon arrival, you will visit the star-shaped fort, Goryokaku, which was built in 1864 to defend Hokkaido against invasion. All that remains now are the outer walls and interior, which is now a park open to the public. At Goryokaku Tower, you can take in panoramic views overlooking the fort and Hakodate City.

    Next, you will proceed for an outside visit to the Trappistine Convent, founded in 1898 by eight Catholic nuns from France, and managed by the Trappist Order. Many nuns reside here today as devout followers of the precepts of Benedict. Although the general public is not permitted entrance into the convent, you can view its exterior, along with the museum and garden displaying statues of St. Mary and St. Michael.

    Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.

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  • Hakodate Museum and Hakodateyama Hill

    Take a journey through Northern Japan's epic past during this scenic and informative half-day museum tour of Hakodate.

    Depart the pier for the morning drive into Hakodate, and a visit to the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples, which is located in an old bank on the Motoi-zaka slope leading away from the consulate. During your visit, you will view exhibits of valuable tools and ethnological materials that were collected over many years by Professors Osamu Baba and Sakuzaemon Kodama, and used by the Ainu people in their daily life. You will also learn about other races across Eastern Siberia and the Alaskan Islands.

    The highlight of your visit to Hakodate will be the view from the summit of Mt. Hakodateyama. A cable car will whisk you to the top in just a few minutes. Upon arrival, you will take in panoramic vistas and photo opportunities overlooking the city and harbor; considered by many to be among the world's most spectacular views.

    Following your museum visits, some time will be made for shopping in the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves a 7-minute walk on an incline to the cable car terminus. The walk will be taken slowly, with sightseeing along the way.

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  • Panoramic View From Mt. Hakodate

    Discover the splendid panoramic views and photo opportunities from Mt. Hakodate, gateway to Hokkaido, during a memorable visit to this dormant volcano.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Hakodate. As Japan's first Western-style fortification and one of the first ports open to Western trade, many influences of Hakodate's Colonial heritage remain to this day.

    Upon arrival in Hakodate, you will proceed to the end of the peninsula for a visit to Mt. Hakodate, which rises to a height of 1,096 feet and commands panoramic views and photo opportunities overlooking Hakodate City. Some say the view from Mt. Hakodate at night rivals those of Hong Kong and Naples.

    The mountain, a dormant volcano for two million years, is also known as Lying Cow Mountain, or Gagyu-zan, due to its shape. On its summit are monuments to Thomas W. Blakiston, who discovered that the Tsugaru Straits separate the characteristic Honshu fauna from Hokkaido fauna, and to topologist Tadataka Inoh, who published the first survey map of Japan.

    Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier.

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  • Hakodate's Museums

    The scenic beauty and storied past of Northern Japan is yours to discover during this half-day museum tour of Hakodate.

    Depart the pier for the morning drive into Hakodate, and a visit to the Hakodate City Museum. Upon arrival, you will view a superb collection of artifacts representative of the indigenous people and culture of Northern Japan. Your tour will continue on to the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples, which is located in an old bank on the Motoi-zaka slope leading away from the consulate.

    During your visit, you will view exhibits of valuable tools and ethnological material collected over many years by Professors Osamu Baba and Sakuzaemon Kodama, and used by the Ainu people in their daily life. You will also learn about other races across Eastern Siberia and the Alaskan Islands.

    Following your museum visits, some time will be made for shopping in the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area before being transferred back to the pier and ship.

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