Hakodate is a city located in the south of Hokkaido and is one of the famous tourist spots in Japan. Popular Hakodate attractions and activities include the night view of Hakodate seen from Mount Hakodate, as well as Hakodate Goryokaku, where you can learn more about Hokkaido’s history. Filled with fantastic seafood, rich history, great scenery, and magnificent onsen, the hotels in Hakodate are designed to cater to these specialties. Here are some of the best hotels you can find in Hakodate:
La Vista Hakodate Bay Hotel and Spa resort is well-known as the hotel with the best breakfast in Japan. Not only is its breakfast selection full of fresh seafood, La Vista also specialises in local Hakodate dishes, western food and confectionary.
Located just 5 minutes from Uoichibadori Statio - 6 minutes from JR Hakodate via tram - La Vista Hakodate Bay has various types of rooms ranging from Single, Double, Twin, and Deluxe Twin to Japanese and Western hybrid rooms and Suites. Basic amenities are provided in the rooms. Apart from that, La Vista Hakodate Bay has an onsen located on the top floor. The open-air onsens give a magnificent view of Hakodate’s “million dollar night view”.
As mentioned already, the 4-star hotel is known for its fantastic breakfast. Served buffet style, you can make your very own donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish with ingredients placed on top) from the numerous choices of seafood available, including octopus, squid, shrimp, red caviar, and more! Furthermore, there are grilled vegetables, like pumpkins and potatoes that are all produced in Hokkaido. Apart from that, various salads, freshly-baked breads, and puddings are also served. It is a great and luxurious hotel to choose when travelling to Hakodate!
Hotel Chocolat Hakodate is also near Uoichibadori Station on the Hakodate city tram line. It’s just 1 minute by foot between the station and hotel. Various types of room are available, including the Single, Twin, Deluxe Twin, and Suite.
There is only a total of 39 rooms in Hotel Chocolat Hakodate. All are clean and come in a simple design. Basic amenities are provided.
Breakfast is served at the hotel restaurant, “Restaurant Ciel Bleu”, with a choice of either Japanese or international cuisine. The drink bars have various drinks ranging from milk, coffee, and tea, to juices, and for those who are intending to have breakfast outside of the hotel, there is a plan for the drink bar only.
Hotel Chocolat Hakodate is best known for its delicious French toast that you have to actually request at least 2 days before check-in. The bread is soaked in egg and milk for one whole day and the fluffy toast, together with butter, is simple amazing. Cereals, salads, and yoghurts are also served. In a convenient location, Hotel Chocolat Hakodate is also a hotel that you should definitely consider!
There are various hotels in Hakodate that allow you to enjoy the renowned Yunokawa Onsen, and Takuboku Tei is one of them. Located conveniently just 3 minutes from Yunokawa Onsen Station (on the light rail system) by foot, it is a Japanese-style hotel that is popular amongst tourists.
The luxurious hotel has a huge lobby and even its own Japanese-style garden, whose scenery changes across the seasons.
Most of the rooms in Takuboku Tei have a Japanese design, meaning that you will get to sleep on a futon (Japanese cushion), or on tatami (Japanese rice-straw mattress). For those who prefer beds, there are also some Western-style rooms available.
An open-air onsen is available on the top floor, where you can enjoy the splendid scenery of Hakodate city. You will be able to view popular destinations, such as Hakodate Goryokaku and Mount Hakodate, as well as other landmarks like Hakodate Airport.
Dinner is available buffet style with over 50 choices of Japanese and international cuisine, including sushi, tempura, Hakodate ramen, and steak too!
Just 15 minutes from Hakodate Station by car is Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei, the hotel with the most number of rooms with open-air onsens in Japan.
Yunokawa Onsen has over 360 years of history and was rated as a five-star hotel for 9 years on the run from 2005 to 2014. Most of the rooms are designed in a Japanese style and out of the 175 rooms available, 115 have an open-air onsen on the balcony. In the “sea view” rooms, you can enjoy a majestic panoramic view of the Tsugaru Straits, while the “city view” rooms offer the scenery of Hakodate city as well as the mountains around it. The onsens are said to be good for the skin as well as nerve pains. Of course, a big communal onsen is also available in Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei.
Dinner can be enjoyed with a choice of Japanese cuisine or a buffet, as well as breakfast, which is served buffet style.
Squid cuisine at Isaribikan
Isaribikan is also among the numerous hotels that you can enjoy Yunokawa Onsen from. It is just a 15-minute drive from Hakodate Station and there is also a shuttle bus available from Hakodate Airport, making Isaribikan a very convenient hotel.
Isaribikan features lots of wood in its designs, giving it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. There are both Japanese-style rooms and Western-style rooms available in Isaribikan, which provide great views of the Tsugaru Straits or Mount Hakodate. The sunset view of the Tsugaru Straits is amazing! From June to December, you can also get to see the isaribi (light fishermen use to attract fish) along the ocean. An open-air onsen is also available.
Breakfast is served within the hotel. If you visit Isaribikan from June to December, you will be able to enjoy the famous squids, which are all freshly caught from the ocean. Many other seafood dishes, such as scallops, can be enjoyed too!
Address: Hokkaido, Hakodate, 375-1 Nesakicho
Access: 15-minute drive from JR Hakodate Station
Contact and Reservation: +81-0138-57-1117
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel is only 7 minutes from JR Hakodate Station by foot, and it is a luxurious hotel with over 43 years of history.
The hotel lobby is designed in a chic manner and the brown-based design gives it a modern and grand atmosphere. There is also a lounge available in the hotel lobby where various artwork by artists from Sapporo is displayed.
Rooms in Hakodate Kokusai Hotel are mostly in a Western-style, although there are several Japanese-Western hybrid rooms available. Not all rooms provide an ocean view, hence you will have to take note when reserving your room. If you are interested in an ocean view, it is recommended that you choose the rooms in the western tower.
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel’s breakfast is served at the hotel’s restaurant from as early as 6:30. Various dishes are served buffet style and the best choices are, as you would expect from Hokkaido’s hotels, seafood. Items include shrimp, salmon, high-class red caviar, and more! There are also various international dishes available such as steaks. What’s special about Hakodate Kokusai Hotel is that Chinese cuisine is also served for breakfast. It is recommended that you try the spicy mapo tofu (Chinese tofu dish), which can be enjoyed together with the annin tofu (Chinese jelly) dessert for a reasonable price of 1,250 JPY (11.40 USD)!
Yunohama Hotel is one of the best hotels to choose if you want to fully enjoy Yunokawa Onsen. Located just 10 minutes from Hakodate Station by car, it is also easily accessible via bus and train, and is perfect for those who are not driving too.
Lounges and souvenir shops are available in Yunohama Hotel. There are only several Western-style hotel rooms available; most rooms are designed in a Japanese style. Some of the rooms present a gorgeous view of the Tsugaru Straits from the windows.
Yunohama Hotel is best-known for its amazing onsen facilities. Two different types of natural hot spring are available in Yunohama Hotel, with 5 different bathtubs as well as open-air onsens. One of the bathtubs available is the sugi buro, a bathtub made from Japanese cedar (a type of wood). The aroma from the wood together with the warm onsen is fantastic. Furthermore, the open-air onsens provide great views of the Tsugaru Straits, where you can view the isaribi from June to December.
The various hotels above are all filled with amazing services that will satisfy you in every possible way. From majestic scenery to rest your eyes, great food to fill your stomach, and a comfortable onsen to wash away the day’s tiredness, certainly check these hotels out when travelling to Hakodate!
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