General Information of Hakodate/函館の概要

Population : 290,756 as of August, 2007
Tatal Land area : 678 km2
Location : Southern tip of Hokkaido, 144 degree 40 minutes of east longitude, 41 degrees 46 minutes of north latitude

Almost same latitude as that of Rome, Barcelona, New York and Chicago

Major Industries: Tourism & Fishery

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. About five million people visit the city every year.

In summer it's cooler than other part of Japan and it's not so cold in winter compared to other part of Hokkaido and it doesn't have much snow like Sapporo or Otaru.

Hakodate is well known as a first international port that opened to foreign countries after 200 years national seclusion policy(1633-1858). After opening its port, western culture flowed into the city. So in the old area of the city you can find many western style buildings built in early 20th century. Those buildings endow the city with an exotic ambience and attract many people.

In addition to that, the view from Mt. Hakodate at night is superb and it is the highlight of the visit to Hakodate for many tourists.

Food is also important point of travel. Hakodate is covered on three sides by water and you can enjoy fresh and excellent seafood. There are many sushi restaurants here. Squid sashimi, or thinly sliced row squid, is best in Japan.

If you are not good at seafood, don't worry. Hokkaido is Japan's food producing region and you can taste good meat, vegetables and dairy products, too. Lamb barbecue is one of its specialties and beef is also good.

What pleases you more, they are offered reasonable price!

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