Hakodate Private Tour with Keiko


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Shopping, Food and Wine, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. Kid Friendly: Yes. I love kids, but I would say children should be well-taken care of by their parents.

Friendly: Yes.
You need someone to help you when you get in or out of a car. Of course, I'm willing to help you, but I'm afraid I'm not used to handling wheelchairs.

Maximum travelers: 2



English (fluent), Japanese (fluent)

Jewel-like View with Abundant Cutural History with a Private Guide.

Hakodate is a city first opened to the rest of the world after some 300 years' of isolation policy in Edo Era. So, Hakodate experienced contact with various foreign cultures, which you can see in the Western and Japanese mixed archtectures in the western part of he city. We had about 5, 000, 000 visitors last year, out of whom 340, 000 are from abroad. Hakodate also was chosen the most popular place in Japan in 2014, followed by Sapporo and Kyoto. Why so popular? People are attracted by its unique cityscapes, fresh seafood and marine products, a night view seen from the top of Mt. Hakodate, hot spring and its cultural history as well as beautiful nature!
Fresh squid, scallops, sea urchins, abalone, you can name it!
They say air in Hakodate is different from metropolitan areas. So a refreshing air! Here, you can feel carefree and breathe green air and enjoy strolling around the city, With your cheerful guide who was born and brought up here!


This tour starts with Morning Market. You can fish a squid in the fish tank and have it prepared for sliced squid sashimie. Squid-ink ice cream is recommended.
The next destination is Japan's first Western style fortress, Goryoukaku, the scene of the last major rebellion during the Meiji Restoration. From the tower, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the star-shaped Goryokaku. Then, I'll take you to Mt. Hakodate. Imagine the panoramic views during your aerial tram ride. After the mountain, let's drop in Motomachi District. This is a place where Hakodate's first foreigners settled after the city was opened to the rest of the world in 1854. You'll see the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, Episcopal Church, Higashi Honganji-Temple, the Old Public Hall and Old British Consulate. The final destination is Red Brick Warehouses located in Bay area. This is a home to Hokkaido's first microbrewery. You can retal traditional kimono and dress up as a prince or a princess and stroll beside the bay.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet up location: I'd like to suggest three meeting locations: your hotel in Hakodate, Hakodate JR station and Hakodate Airport.I'll give you a specific details of our meeting place when you book my tour.

End location: End location: I'd like to finish our tour at your hotel, but if you want the end location to be either JR station or the airport, I'll do whichever convenient for you.

Duration: 5 hours


Mostly use public transportation; bus and tram, but if necessary use a taxi (available upon request.)

What’s Included

- My services as a private guide.I'll prepare for the pamphlet or leaflets for the destinations.

What’s Extra

- transportation fees of bus / tram
- squid fishing at the Morning Market (800~1,000 JPY/ market price)
- rental of traditional kimono (2,000~3,000 JPY)
- food and drink
- admission fee (500 JPY for a magistrate office;840 JPY for
Goryoukaku Tower)
- rope way fee (1080 JPY)
- Any personal purchases
- Use of taxi (available upon request)


I'm not a driver, but I can arrange for a separate car/ driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Keiko is a very friendly and helpful guide. She managed to show us all the important parts of Hakodate despite out tight schedule. Would definitely reccommend Keiko to anyone travelling to Hakodate. Her english is very fluent as well. Thanks Keiko!! We had a wonderful time!!
David Lim

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