Take a cruise on the Blue Moon while exploring Hakodate’s famed commercial district.
Not only is Hakodate’s bay area packed with historic buildings and sights — it is one of Japan’s oldest ports and is now a stop for shopping, dining, museums and even a cruise.
Just a short walk from the city’s main terminus — Hakodate station — leads to a treasure trove of history. The bay area played a vital role in commerce and trading since it was established as one of Japan’s first international ports in 1859. As a main economic hub, Hakodate keeps the city and the rest of Hokkaido open to international influence.
Some of the most popular souvenir shops in the city are located in these historic buildings, which makes shopping both fun and interesting. You’d be remiss if you leave without dining out on the bay. Try out one of Hakodate Bay’s many fresh seafood restaurants after exploring and shopping in area.
Summer presents a whole new side to Hakodate. One of the more popular attractions is the Hakodate Bay cruise on the boat “Blue Moon.” This sightseeing cruise gives you a unique view of hot spots, including the warehouses and the fish market. Cruises are 30- or 60- minutes long and can be enjoyed day or night. The daytime cruise will give you a chance to survey the hectic bay area, while a nighttime one has a dazzling view.
Prices for the different cruises range from ¥350 up to ¥2,800, depending on your age the time of the trip. A cruise on the “Blue Moon” can also be extended by opting for the party plan that includes both food and drink.