Hakodate has a recent history as it was only developed in the nineteenth century, becoming a port open to foreigners. It was the refuge of the last supporters of the shogun, who for a brief time proclaimed it the Republic of Ezo. The city is proud of its old red brick warehouses, now a favorite meeting spot among teens for its many restaurants. There a historical district of western houses and wooden churches to discover.
Exploring the Hakodate City Museum of Northern People is also a great way to learn about the native inhabitants of Hokkaido.
Finally, don’t miss the Goryokaku fort and the night view from Mt Hakodate.