Hakodate (Ù) is Hokkaido's third largest city, located at the island's southern tip. Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood.
Hakodate was among the first Japanese port cities that were opened to international trade after the country's era of isolation. As a result, the city has experienced notable influence from overseas, and the foreign population's former residential district and a Western-style fort are among its main tourist attractions.
Onuma Park, a quasi national park with beautiful, island-dotted lakes, is located only half an hour north of Hakodate and makes a nice side trip or a stop along the journey between Hakodate and Sapporo.