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

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8h $ 288 Price up to 8 people


  • 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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288.00 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


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


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
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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 5 )

4 weeks ago |   by Cheryl

“ 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.

9 months ago |   by Ronald

“ Excellent guide ”

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

1 year ago |   by Yvonne

“ 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.

1 year ago |   by Paul

“ 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!

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1 year ago |   by Yin

“ Hakodate trip ”

Yuki-san is knowledgeable and speaks prefect English.

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