Below is a list of Hakodate's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Fort Goryokaku••

Early to mid May
A ten minute walk from Goryokaku Koen-mae tram stop
Fort Goryokaku is a star shaped, Western style citadel which was built in Hakodate towards the end of the Edo Period. After the fort lost its military importance, it was eventually turned into a public park, and over one thousand cherry trees were planted along its moats, making it arguably Hokkaido's most famous cherry blossom spot.

Hakodate Park

Early to mid May
A short walk from Aoyagi tram stop
Hakodate Park (Hakodate Koen) is one of Japan's first ever Western style parks. Located at the foot of Mount Hakodate, it features several hundreds of cherry trees around its paths, fountain, mini zoo and children's playground. The Hakodate City Museum is also located on the park's grounds.
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