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Experience Japanese culture in Hakodate: sukiyaki, kimono and a shrine

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8h $ 291 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • Hakodate Morning Market
  • Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine
  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
  • Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono & Dress
  • Motomachi District
  • Mt. Hakodate
  • Sukiyaki restaurant, Asari
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Overview

In this tour, you are not just visiting the best tourist spots in Hakodate but EXPERIENCING some Japanese culture: visiting a popular shrine to learn about our religion, wearing a kimono (Japanese traditional clothes) and strolling around the city in the kimono, and then eating sukiyaki for dinner at a famous Japanese-style restaurant, in addition to visiting some of the best tourist spots.

What to Expect

In this tour, you are not just visiting the best tourist spots in Hakodate but EXPERIENCING some Japanese cultures. Your tour includes the following:

①Hakodate Morning Market
This market started about 70 years ago, and there are about 250 shops in the market now. It's open from early in the morning till around two in the afternoon. They sell various kinds of things; not just fresh seafood but vegetables, fruit and dried seafood like squid and kelp. There are some seafood restaurants as well.

②Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine
This shrine stands in a quiet, bracing environment surrounded by the forest of Mt. Hakodate. The main hall, built about 100 years ago, is a building of formal construction, with an especially magnificent roof. Here you feel the atmosphere of the shrine, pray to God for good luck with your trip to Japan and good fortune in the future. You can even buy a good luck charm and a fortune slip here.

③Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
The warehouse was built about 100 years ago and then renovated for shops and restaurants. The retro brick building holds stores that sell sweets, groceries, accessories, knick-knacks, etc. An electrical appliance store, LAOX, and a samurai goods store are popular, especially among foreign tourists.

④Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono & Dress
This shop rents out costumes from classic kimono and dresses to ninja outfits. The clerks help you dress. It takes about 10 minutes to get dressed. Then, you can go out and stroll around nearby wearing the costume of your choice.

⑤Motomachi District
Hakodate was one of the first ports in Japan to open its doors to foreign trade, some 150 years ago. Motomachi was the first area really to flourish back then, with a Western-influenced streetscape which remains to this day. Here you can stroll down the street in the district, where you can see some old churches such as the Russian Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Hakodate Episcopal Church that stand on the scenic slopes from where you can see a beautiful view of the Hakodate Port.

⑥Mt. Hakodate
The mountain is 334 meters high or about 1,000 feet high. It's said that its height and circumference are almost the same as those of Ayers Rock in Australia. Mt. Hakodate was an island about 5,000 years ago. Later the island was connected to the main land with a sandbar or tombolo. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the mountain top.

⑦Sukiyaki restaurant, Asari
You finish your tour by eating sukiyaki (Japanese hot-pot, made with beef) at a famous 80-year-old sukiyaki restaurant, Asari. You can enjoy the cuisine in a cozy Japanese-style room.

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Highlights

  • Hakodate Morning Market
  • Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine
  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
  • Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono & Dress
  • Motomachi District
  • Mt. Hakodate
  • Sukiyaki restaurant, Asari

Important

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
・transportation fee for your guide to and from Hakodate (10,000 yen)
・transportation fee for you and guide (about 1,000 yen/person)
・costume rental fee (3,000 yen/hour)
・ropeway fare (1,280 yen/person)
・sukiyaki dish (3,900 yen/person)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Hakodate
Ending Point
At your hotel in Hakodate
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I want to join this tour in Sapporo. Can I meet you there?

Yes, but you will be charged travel expenses for your guide from Hakodate to Sapporo. Round trip fare for JR trains is about 20,000 yen.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 6 )
Dall Dall United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great tour of Hakodate with Yuki ”

Our group of 8 spent the day touring Hakodate with Yuki in a private van hired for the day. We enjoyed our visit to Hakodate and all the sites that Yuki managed to pack into our short stay. Our lunch stop was especially memorable as we all tried different things. We were fortunate to experience the last days of the cherry blossoms in northern Japan - Yuki understood our wishes and ensured that we had a fabulous view of the blossoms at the Goryokaku Park, and the view from the Goryokaku Tower was wonderful. We highly recommend Hiroyuki to any group or couple looking for a knowledgeable guide in Japan

Hiroyuki:

Dall, how have you been? Fine, I hope. Time flies! It's been two months already since we met in Hakodate. I guess the people in your group have exchanged their wonderful memories with each other. I really enjoyed myself with you. Yes, I still remember taking orders from all of you and I was glad the foods each of you ordered were served just as you did. To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous at that time as you tried different things. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the lunch. Well, you made me feel confident about that. Thanks! Oh, thank you also for showing me how to use AirDrop. That function has really worked, and I've showed my clients how to use that since then. Anyway, I can't forget about you and your group, and I really had a very good time with each of you. Please keep in touch with me. Yuki

Cheryl Cheryl United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Best tour ever ”

We booked many private tours on this trip to Japan,but Yuki was the best tour guide. His English is outstanding, his knowledge of Aomori was excellent, he was fun and flexible and he took us to a restaurant frequented by locals that was both great and very inexpensive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Yuki very highly.

Hiroyuki:

Hi, Cheryl Thanks for your quick response with your real satisfaction with the tour. Your words of encouragement have made me feel how wonderful this job is! I really appreciate it. I'm glad your group really enjoyed the tour to Hirosaki. I also enjoyed being with you very much. In fact, I felt from what we had exchanged your kind personality. So Cheryl, I was really looking forward to meeting you. I truly believe we could finish our tour successfully because of you and other members in your group who were very nice and cooperative. Thank you again and I do hope we can see each other again sometime in the future. Yuki

Ronald Ronald United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We used guides throughout Japan on our trip and Hiroyuki or Yuki spoke the best English. Highly recommend.

Hiroyuki:

Hi Ron, Hope you and your wife returned to the States safe and sound. It's my good memory that I took you to the Nebuta Museum and the Seiryuji Temple. I hope you enjoyed the temple with the Great Statue of Buddha, the five-storied pagoda and the dry landscape garden. And you must have really enjoyed the Nebuta parade at night. I'll be looking forward to seeing you again. Yuki

yvonne Yvonne United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Pleasant day with Yuki ”

We were glad to have Yuki as our private tour guide in Hakodate. He was very prompt, attentive and thoughtful in adjusting our itinerary. He showed us the beautiful sights by using public transportation.

Hiroyuki:

Hi Yvonne, I hope everything was all right with you and your family until you came back to the States. I really enjoyed being with you all as your family members were all nice. I'm very happy I could show you around Hakodate. If you have another chance to come to Hakodate, please let me know. I'll take you to some other attractive places in the outskirts of Hakodate. Yuki

Paul Paul United States
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great tour! ”

The tour was well thought out and organized. Also, Yuki was flexible and able to make last minute changes to the tour based upon weather. We had a great time!

Hiroyuki:

Hi Paul, Thanks for your comments. I'm glad to hear you had a great time here in Hakodate. I enjoyed myself with you, seeing hot spring monkeys and eating sukiyaki. If you have another chance to come to Hakodate, please let me know. I'll take you to some other attractive places in the outskirts of Hakodate. Yuki

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