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3 Things that Prove the Winter Fun Isn’t Over in Hakodate!

The city of Hakodate is completely covered in white in winter and it features a couple of festivals in the months of January and February. Between the snow sculptures, illuminations and other charming sights, this city has everything you want in a winter event. Let’s see what makes Hakodate the best winter spot in Japan.…

Visit these 2 ’Celestial’ Fortresses in Japan

Have you ever seen a fortress shaped like a star? There are two known citadels or fortresses with this form in Japan. There is one in Hakodate, Hokkaido (northern Japan) and one in Saku, Nagano (central Japan). This kind of fortress is also called a ‘trace Italienne’ or ‘bastion fort’ in the West; in Japan,…

4 Amazing Places that Will Make You Want to Visit Hakodate!

When I visited Hakodate (函館) in winter, there were a few places that I wanted to visit while I was there. As one of the bigger cities in Hokkaido, Hakodate has a lot to offer, from magnificent views to fresh seafood due to its location near the sea. 1. Morning market near JR Hakodate station…