Hakodate

Located on the southern edge of Hokkaido, Hakodate was the first port to open to international trade after the Meiji restoration. Because of this, many countries, including America, Britain and Russia opened consulates here in the late 19th century. Today, many of these former consulates house museums chronicling the history of Hakodate. In the evening, from the peak of Mount Hakodate, the lights of Hakodate shimmer and glimmer like jewels on black velvet. The pilgrimage to the top of the mountain by cable car is especially popular with Japanese tourists visiting Hakodate. In the morning, visit the Asa-ichi (Morning Market). Here, seafood lovers can have the specialties of Hakodate (sea urchin, crab and squid) prepared fresh for breakfast.