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Best of Hakodate with hot spring monkeys and sukiyaki in winter

Hiroyuki Y.

4.67(12) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour starts a little before noon and you are visiting several popular sightseeing spots in the city including the hot spring monkeys and Mt. Hakodate to see the panoramic night view from the mountain top. Lunch time is included. Your tour ends by eating sukiyaki in a Japanese-style room at the famous 80-year-old sukiyaki restaurant.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Hakodate or Hakodate Port

Hakodate Morning Market

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses, now renovated as shops and restaurants

Hot spring monkeys at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Trappistine Convent

Walking around Motomachi District with old churches and historic buildings

Watching the panoramic night view from Mt. Hakodate

Eating skiyaki at the famous 80-year-old sukiyaki restaurant.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Hakodate or Hakodate Port

What to Expect

Hakodate is the southern tip of Hokkaido and started developing earlier than any other city in Hokkaido, even earlier than Sapporo. You first head for Hakodate Morning Market near the station and enjoy watching over 250 shops selling various kinds of things like fresh and dried seafoods, vegetables and fruits. There are also seafood restaurants there. Then you have lunch in Bay Area, where Red Brick Warehouses (now renovated as shops and restaurants) are located. After lunch, you head for Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden to see hot spring monkeys. You also visit Trappistine Convent near there. Then you move to Motomachi District, where you can see several old churches such as Russian Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church and Hakodate Episcopal Church, and stroll around the area. After that you go up Mt. Hakodate by aerial tram to see the panoramic night view from the mountain top. Your tour ends by eating sukiyaki in a Japanese-style room at the famous 80-year-old sukiyaki restaurant, Asari.

Description of each spot

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.

②Kanemori Old Brick Warehouses

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.

③Hot spring monkeys in Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Here you can see various kinds of tropical flowers and trees such as Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Angel Trumpet and various cuctuses as the name shows. Believe it or not, you can also see many monkeys in a hot spring here from December through early May. It's fun to see them soak in the hot spring.

④Trappistine Convent

The convent was founded in 1898 by eight French nuns who came from the convent in France. The bishop at that time asked them to come because he felt there was a great need to spread Christianity. Most of the present building was reconstructed in 1927 after being burned down by fire in 1925.

⑤Motomachi District

Hakodate was one of the first ports in Japan that opened its doors to the West, some 150 years ago. Motomachi was the first area that really flourished 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 close to each other 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

・van charge (50,000 yen)

・transportation fee for your guide to and from Hakodate (10,000 yen)

・admission fee for Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden (300 yen/person)

・ropeway fare (1,280 yen/person)

・sukiyaki dish (3,900 yen/person)

Important Information

If you want me to guide you in places other than Aomori, you will be asked to pay an extra charge for your guide's transportation to and from Aomori. For example, extra 10,000 yen will be necessary for a tour in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Currently Hakodate is the only place in Hokkaido I can reach you from Aomori.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Martin S.

Jan 18, 2020

Fantastic day I’ll never forget

I had a wonderful day in Aomori at a junior high school thanks to Yuki. He is very professional and organised and put together a memorable day. Highlights at the school included a lunch in the classroom where I got to chat casually with the students, and joint them in sports activities after school. I have been to Japan many times and this easily ranks as one of my favourite experiences, and I am privileged to have been able to take part. Yuki was very helpful not only on the day but also the preparation beforehand, and made sure any requests were accommodated. I definitely reccomend Yuki as a guide for your time in Aomori. 本当にありがとうございました! Martin

Hiroyuki Y.

Martin, Thanks for your review of the school visit tour we had yesterday. I'm glad to know you had a good time with the students in various activities. Thanks to the principal, we could go into every classroom while showing you around the school buiding. He said he just wanted the students to know about you. If you have another chance to visit Aomori, I'll show you around places we haven't visited. Just keep up with your Japanese language study. Yuki


Frans K.

Oct 18, 2019

Not at all what we expected

Expensive for 1 day when you include all the extras such as Hiroyukis train fare of 10,000 yen from his home in Aromori. We really do not understand why we should pay extra for his comute to his place of work. When he advertises his tour of Hakodate you don't expect to pay for his comute. In the numerious tours we have had in Japan we have never been asked to pay this.

Hiroyuki Y.

Hi Frans, Thanks for your review of the trip you had in Hakodate on October 3. My travel expenses to and from Hakodate are shown on the tour plan and also I often mentioned you the expenses while we were exchanging messages with each other, so I was sure you all understood this. As I mentioned you before you booked the tour, I don't live in Hakodate and usually ask my clients to pay my travel expenses to and from Hakodate. They paid them to me when the tours were over so far. Yuki


Monika V.

Jul 23, 2019

Great guide!

Today Hiroyuki guided us the whole day in Aomori on a personalised tour in the mountainous area. He organised a van so we could travel comfortably. First we visited the Great Statue of Buddha in the vicinity of Aomori. Yuki is very knowledgeable and extremely well prepared as he explains the local customs and traditions. This is a must see! We did also a beautiful tour around lake Towada. Here we had a fantastic lunch. Later we drove along the Oirase Mountain Stream. This is actually a national park with many stunning waterfalls. Yuki did a great job and answered every question about Aomori, and Japan. We can warmly recommend his services. His English is flawless by the way. Thank you for the wonderfull day!

Hiroyuki Y.

Monika, Thanks for your quick review of my guiding today. I really enjoyed being with you! All of you were very polite and kind to me during the tour. We were lucky to visit the Great Statue of Buddha instead of going up the mountain by ropeway. And we were also lucky to see the beautiful Oirase Mountain Stream and Lake Towada from the observatories though the weather was not necessarily good. Now I feel satisfied I could show you around the places I planned to. I have to say thank you to the god who helped us. I'm sure he helped us because you are very nice people and came here all the way from Belgium. I wish I could guide you again some time in the future and other tourists from Belgium. Yuki


Nick B.

May 16, 2019

A fantastic tour around Aomori

Yuki was a truly fantastic guide. Knowing that things would be busy and hectic during Golden Week, I reached out to Yuki to begin planning a tour. Yuki provided very prompt and detailed responses to all my questions, and laid out a detailed itinerary for my consideration. Once we arrived at the train station, Yuki assisted us in booking our return tickets, ensuring we had reserved seats on the right train, and could sit together in the same car. Once we began our adventure it was clear -- Yuki was very prepared to provide detailed information, history, and background that would help us better appreciate each stop on the tour. Yuki's command of English is great -- I didn't tell him this, but his time studying ESL in San Francisco left a slight West Coast accent, which, like his laugh, was endearing and infectious. You can't go wrong booking a tour with Yuki. He takes his job very seriously, and will do everything to make sure you get the most out of your adventure!

Hiroyuki Y.

Nick, I'm glad you came back to the States safe and sound. Thank you so much for your review of the tour. I really appreciate it! You also did a great job getting all the tickets necessary to come to Aomori from Hachinohe in advance. Without your cooperation, I'm sure I couldn't have carried out this tour. I'm glad you've chosen the area far from the place you had stayed and that I could show you around the sightseeing spots popular among international tourists. I really thank you for choosing me as your guide. Yuki

$225/ per group