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Shopping and dining gives pretty much of pleasure to travelers; however, please don’t forget that there are some more exciting things you can enjoy in Hakodate. Similar to Sapporo, Hakodate also provides snow related attractions like ski resort. It is said that snow fall starts from November to March in Hakodate so that you can enjoy snow basically everywhere. If you are willing to spend more time in Hakodate, you may try winter activities such as skiing and and snowboarding.
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Hakodate is a famous tour destination among travelers who want to explore Hokkaido prefecture more deeply.Its beautiful scenery and delicious foods attract people from all over the world every year. Despite its notorious fame as a place with heavy snow, Hakodate is also famous for dining because total 34 restaurants were listed in Michelin Guide Hokkaido. Restaurants in Hakodate are famous for using fresh ingredients which are just bought from local farms and markets.
In addition to this, it is also possible to try dishes from various cultures and countris since Hakodate was one of the first port cities in Japan where accepted foreign cultures along with Yokohama and Nagasaki. As Hakodate started accepting foreign cultures from early in history, it influenced their market as well opening foreign cuisines such as French, Italian, and Spanish restaurants. For sure, you can also try traditional Japanese foods such as sushi and sukiyaki.
You feel hanging around Sapporo is not enough to explore whole Hokkaido? If so, visiting Hakodate is recommended. Hakodate is a city located in the southern part of Hokkaido and it takes around 4 hours by train from downtown Sapporo. I honestly recommend using trans rather than renting a car unless you have special plans with a car. Even if you have a car, it takes almost same hours to get to Hakodate and weather condition in Hokkaido area is hard to expect, especially in winter. Besides, the cost is going to be similar as one way ticket from Sapporo to Hakodate costs about JPY 10,000.