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Cruises to Hakodate

Hakodate, Japan (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com)

About Hakodate

Hakodate is a city of about 280,000, located on the southern tip of Japan's northernmost major island, Hokkaido. The city was Japan's first modern international trading port, opening in 1859. Today, it is known for its morning market, with more than 250 shops, including many selling local seafood. Hakodate is particularly famous as a squid-fishing port, and you can even find squid-ink ice cream cones here.

In addition, you can see interesting evidence of outside influence around town, including houses that combine Japanese and Western elements, foreign churches, brick warehouses, a Trapistine convent, a star fort -- and even yoshoku, the Japanese take on Western food, including items like deep-fried hamburgers or omu rice, an omelet stuffed with ketchup-seasoned rice.

Outside of the city are mountains and parks, including Shikotsu-Toya National Park, which has a lake, hot spring and smoking volcano.

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Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Millennium

12 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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77 Night
Cruise to HakodateDetails

378 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 25, 2022
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42 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 25, 2022
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Seven Seas Explorer

19 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Sep 20, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 26, 2023
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28 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 27, 2023
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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25 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 25, 2022
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13 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 15, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 10, 2024
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28 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 10, 2023
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8 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 29, 2023
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28 Night
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Leaving:Osaka
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 21, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 27, 2022
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25 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
May 26, 2023
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Why go to Hakodate?

Pros:

Interesting history of early Japanese interaction with international traders

Cons:

Beside the bustling morning market, there are not a lot of sights in the city

Bottom Line:

Best visited when the cherry blossoms are in bloom at Fort Goryokaku

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency in Hakodate is the Japanese yen. For up-to-date currency conversion figures, visit www.xe.com. The best way to get cash is to use an ATM at a convenience store. Look for a 7-Eleven, Lawson's or Family Mart. You'll find plenty of them in the city center, about 15 minutes from the port.

Language?

Japanese is Hakodate's official language. Some younger people and those at tourist attractions will likely know some English, but there are fewer English speakers here than in other major Japanese cities.


Hakodate Cruise Reviews
Loved the fact that you can tour Hakodate on your own. The Unlimited Use Day bus pass was very reasonable. So many interesting places to explore. It was raining a lot so we could not go to the Tower but just staying Read More
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gellybeans59
we arrived at 9am. Sunny and pleasant. It took 20 minutes on the free shuttle to town. We headed for morning market, helped by local school girls happy to practice some English conversation with the visitors. We gRead More
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onyourmark
Best to get a Taxi from the ship to Goryokaku Fort good views from the top of Tower and information about the Fort, Cherry blossom was almost out here still enjoyable, taxi back to port, 10,000 yen each way, Then weRead More
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Lily George
We did Hakodate on our own, we caught the ship shuttle into the town centre (JR Hakodate Station), where we bought an all day transport ticket (Y1000) and caught the bus to the Goryokaku Park and Tower. Best thing wRead More
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