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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Exploring Hakodate by foot is a delightful way to soak in the city’s unique atmosphere. Today you’ll take a guided walking tour through this historic city, where you’ll sample fresh seafood at the morning market and fully explore the Motomachi neighborhood. Along the way, immerse yourself in the local culture, savor the delicious street food, and appreciate the city’s blend of tradition and modernity.
Depart the pier and get ready for an exciting experience at the bustling Hakodate Morning Market. This vibrant market is comprised of roughly 280 stores and best known for its abundance of mouthwatering fresh fish and seafood. It’s a seafood lover’s paradise, offering a wide array of delicacies, as well as local produce and souvenirs.
Next, board a tram for the short ride to Mt. Hakodate Ropeway and take the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt. Hakodate. This lovely wooded mountain rises to more than 1,200 feet at the end of the peninsula on which the city sits, offering a stunning, panoramic view over Hakodate.
After enjoying the spectacular vistas, your walking tour continues to the Motomachi neighborhood. Hakodate was one of the first ports in Japan to open its doors to foreign trade, nearly 150 years ago and the area remains full of historic buildings. Along the way, see churches such as the Gothic-style Motomachi Roman Catholic Church, famous for the altar presented by Pope Benedict XV. The exotic atmosphere and the sweeping views of the port from the slopes give this area its picturesque flavor.
Enjoy a guided walking tour through the Motomachi area before walking to the tram station, riding a tram toward the pier and walk back to the ship.
Please note: Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walk is uphill, over unpaved, rough walking tracks with many steps. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The tram might be crowded and availability of seats is not guaranteed. Bring a jacket or sweater. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring a hat. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts and capri-length pants are not allowed. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. No guarantee is offered with regard to visibility or views on any particular day, as weather and atmospheric conditions vary and are beyond the tour operator’s control. Tour sequence may vary. Waiting time at the tram station might be required. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Delays occasionally extend tour duration.