Hokkaido

A shopping and gourmet tour to enjoy the best of central Hokkaido.

Hakodate city, which is the southern gateway to Hokkaido, has Hakodate Airport and the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line which is scheduled to open on March 26, 2016. Its traditional landscape and fresh seafood is popular among visitors from within Japan and overseas. The night view from Hakodate mountain ranks as one of the top 3 stunning night views in the world. Between Hakodate city and New Chitose Airport, there are various tourist attractions such as Noboribetsu-shi, that is called “the department store of Onsen”, with 9 different hot springs to choose from, and the Ainu Museum where visitors can experience the traditional culture of Hokkaido. We would like to introduce to you a model itinerary for touring south and north Hokkaido, where you can enjoy shopping and delicious food and completely relax in the hot springs!
*Travel from Tokyo to Hakodate Station by Shinkansen

A shopping and gourmet tour to enjoy the best of central Hokkaido.

Complete Process :Two days 3 nights
Hakodate Station
 
Travel Time:About 10 min

TrainTrain:About 10 min

Kanemori Red Brick Warehousepic
 
Travel Time:About 10 min

TrainTrain:About 10 min

Hakodateyama (Hakodateyama Ropeway)pic
Travel Time:About 15 min

CarCar:About 15 min

inn Yunokawa Onsen (Stay)pic
Travel Time:About 30 min

TrainTrain:About 30 min

Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Asaichi Cooperative Union)pic
 
Travel Time:About 15 min

TrainTrain:About 15 min

Goryokaku Towerpic
Travel Time:About 10 min

CarCar:About 10 min

JR Goryokaku Station
Travel Time:About 144 min

TrainTrain:About 144 min

JR Noboribetsu Station
Travel Time:About 15 min

CarCar:About 15 min

Noboribetsu Gokuraku-dori Shopping Arcadepic
inn Noboribetsu Onsen (stay)pic
 
Travel Time:About 30 min

TrainTrain:About 30 min

Shiraoi Ainu Museumpic
 
Travel Time:About 15 min

TrainTrain:About 15 min

JR Noboribetsu Station
Travel Time:About 45 min

TrainTrain:About 45 min

JR Chitose Station
Travel Time:About 10 min

TrainTrain

WalkWalk

CHITOSE OUTLET MALL Rerapic
 
Travel Time:About 12 min

BusBus:About 12 min

New Chitose Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
These warehouses have their roots in the warehouse business started by Kumashiro Watanabe in 1887. The current warehouses were rebuilt in 1909, after a big fire in 1907.
Today, they house restaurants, and souvenir shops and is a popular waterfront tourist spot.
●Location: Toyokawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
●Opening Times: 9:30 – 19:00 (* Varies according to the season. Free to view from the outside)
●Holiday: Open all year round (except Year End and the New Year / December 31st and January 1st)
●Car Park: 100 spaces (See the map of 12 Toyokawa-cho, Hakodate-shi)
Fee: JPY 200 for one hour, after that, JPY 100 per 30min. *Free for 2 hours for a user paying JPY 1000 or more in the facility
● TEL: 0138-27-5530
●Website: http://www.hakodate-kanemori.com/
Hakodateyama (Hakodateyama Ropeway)
Mt. Hakodate Ropeway will land you at the summit station in 3 minutes. During the day you can enjoy the majestic views of not only the Hakodate city itself but also Komagatake, Tsugaru Strait, and as far as Shimokita Peninsula, and at night time one of the world’s best breathtaking view that looks like jewels scattered all over a fan.
●Location: Motomachi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
●Opening Times: 10:00 – 22:00 ( Varies according to the season)
●Holiday: Open all year round
●Car Park: Available
●TEL: 0138-23-3105
●Website: http://www.334.co.jp/jpn/
Yunokawa Onsen (Stay)
Yunokawa Onsen (hot spring) was developed as a hot-spring health resort when Fujisuke Ishikawa first dug the area as a trial in 1885, and since then has evolved into a full-fledged spa resort “Yunokawa Onsen”. Today, Yunokawa Onsen is a popular tourist spot of Hakodate, with additional hot spring baths (designed for soaking one’s feet) for the travelers.
●Location: 2-7-6 Yukawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
●TEL: 0138-57-8988 (weekdays 9:00 ~ 17:00)
●Website: http://hakodate-yunokawa.jp/ (Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Ryokan Cooperative)
Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate Asaichi Cooperative Union)
Hakodate Asaichi (morning market) is a popular attraction in Hakodate.
The market got its start in 1945, with farmers from nearby villages peddling their vegetables on the street in front of Hakodate Station. Since then market has been offering not just seafood such as crab and salmon but also fresh vegetables and fruits direct from the plantations, all fresh and unique to Hokkaido.
Fresh seafood comes in early in the morning, and sometimes are sold out by mid-day. Therefore it is best to get there early.
There are also in total about 250 eateries serving fresh food such as seafood donburi, and stores that specialize in seasonal seafood, highly recommended for a visit.
In addition, “Oshima Dome”, a symbol of Asaichi that had been a favorite attraction for over half a century, was reopened as “Hakodate Morning Market Square” after renovation. Visitors can enjoy the “Bussan-gai (shopping arcade)” where existing green grocers and florists are located, the “Sanchoku-ichi (producer direct sales)” where producers such as co-op sell their produce, and the newly opened “Food Court” where seafood donburi and Ramen stores, and fresh juice and soup bars gather.
The building is two storied high and has an event hall on the top floor, where various events are held periodically. We look forward to your visit.
●Holidays: Open all year round (varies per store)
●Opening Times: 5:00~ later than 14:00 (varies per store / January ~ April 6:00)
●Location: 9-19 Wakamatsu-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
●TEL: 0120-858-313(0138-22-7981)
●Website: http://www.hakodate-asaichi.com
Goryokaku Tower
The Goryokaku Tower was originally opened on December 1, 1964 to commemorate the centennial of the establishment of the star shaped “Goryokaku (Pentagram Fort)”.
Since then the total number of visitors has reached 22 million people by March 31st 2006, and on April 1st of the same year the new tower was opened.
As Hakodate’s prominent landmark, the tower attracts many visitors and citizens.
●Location: 43-9, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate
●Opening Times: 8:00~19:00 (4/12~10/20) 9:00~18:00(10/21~4/20)
* During the Goryokaku Star Dream Event (winter) 9:00~19:00
* January 1st (First Sunrise of the year) 6:00~19:00
●Holiday: Open all year round
●Car Park: Not available
●TEL: 0138-51-4785
●Website: http://www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp/
Noboribetsu Gokuraku-dori Shopping Arcade
The main street of Noboribetsu Onsen town is the shopping arcade that extends 400m from the bus terminal. Although it is located near the scenic sight called “Jigokudani”, the shopping arcade is named the “Gokuraku-dori Shopping Arcade”. There is a distinctive smell of sulphur in the air, and a unique monument of a demaon, and a Karakuri Enma-do that worships the Enma daio (judge of the afterlife) welcomes the visitors to the hot springs. Visitors can enjoy the ambience of the spa by having a bath, and then walk the historic streets of the hot spring resort full of gift shops and food and drink stores in their yukata.
●Location: Noboribetsu Onsen-cho, Noboribetsu-shi Hakodate
Noboribetsu Onsen (stay)
Noboribetsu is famous for 9 different spring waters and its hot springs spout 10,000 tons of water per day. The village is one of Hokkaido’s prominent hot-spring resort, and has become known as ‘the Onsen department store” attracting many visitors from within Japan and overseas.
Why not visit Jigokudani where you can feel the ‘power of the earth’ and then dip into one of the open-air baths. After that enjoy a relaxing time by walking the resort wearing the yukata. Your heart and body will both feel warm after this rejuvenating experience.
●Location: Noboribetsu Onsen-cho, Noboribetsu-shi, Hakodate
Shiraoi Ainu Museum
The Ainu was established in September, 1976 as Shiraoi Foundation for the Preservation of Ainu Culture, a social education facility to carry out the transmission, preservation, research and study of Ainu culture and to carry out comprehensive educational projects.
The design of the museum, as an outdoor museum, is divided into the modern and “kotan” zones, in the latter of which a complete reproduction of a “kotan” (village) is arranged, including several “chise” (houses) , “pu” (a storehouse for food), “heper set” (a bear cage), “petsukaiinomi” (Courtesy to thank for a blessing of the salmon fishing) and “chip” (a canoe) . Inside a “chise,” explanations on Ainu history and culture are given, and traditional dances that have been registered as a world intangible heritage by UNESCO are performed at all times for the visitors.
The museum houses about 6,000 Ainu folk materials and about 250 articles of minority groups of the northern regions, including of the Nivkh, Uilta, Sami, and Inuit, of which 800 articles are on permanent display. The library of the museum includes about 150 Ainu paintings and about 7,500 books and other literature.
In order to promote transmission and preservation of Ainu culture, traditional ceremonies are being carried out, including “chupu-kamunomi” (a prayer for the moon), “petsukamuinomi” (a ceremony to welcome salmon), “chipu-sanke” (a boat launching ceremony), and “shinnurappa” (a ceremony in memory of ancestors).
Folk arts, including loom-weaving, making straw mats, making folk garments and embroidery are always demonstrated, with the aim of enlightening the general public on Ainu culture and of popularizing it. Also for visitors to not only look but actually experience the culture, there are hands-on learning opportunities such as mukkuri making, Ainu embroidery and carving, and traditional cooking and tasting classes.
●Holiday: Open all year round (except between December 29th ~ January 5th )
●Opening Times: 8:45 ~ 17:00    
●Location: Wakakusa-gun, Shiroai-gun, Shiroai, Hokkaido
●TEL: 0144-82-3914
●Fee: Reference http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/info/annai.html
●Website: http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/
CHITOSE OUTLET MALL Rera
Rera is an outdoor outlet mall with over 400 brand outlets covering fashion, sports, interior, and miscellaneous goods. There are several duty free stores and but various events are held and visitors can enjoy activities besides shopping. Also, there are many popular shops such as the“Hokkaido Shin Hakken factory” that sells local specialties including food ingredients, Japanese sake from all the local SAKE brews and the popular confectionaries of Hokkaido, a “Ramen Exhibition” featuring popular ramen shops which are highly popular among visitors from overseas. Why not spend some fun time shopping at this wonderful mall!
●Holiday: Open all year round (varies per store)
●Opening Times: 10:00~19:00 (varies according to store and also the season)     
●Location: 2-1 Kashiwadai 1-chome, Chitose-shi, Hakodate
●TEL: 0123-42-3000
●Website: http://www.outlet-rera.com/