We have just recently left Hakodate, in Hokkaido, and plan to skip Sapporo due to the fact that it seems like there is not much to do there. However, Hakodate has been a wonderful place to stay and is quite an interesting city. Hakodate was the first Japanese-controlled city on the island of Hokkaido and thus has a long history of being their northernmost reach. The city was also one of the first ports to open up to the West, and it houses the oldest British and Russian consulates in Japan.
We were able to visit both, along with a star-shaped fort built in the 18th century to defend the city. By far, however, the most interesting part of our time there was going up in a gondola to the top of a mountain that had a view of the entire city.
It was gorgeous and one of the highlights of the whole trip. The lodging we had was at the old Japanese-style hotel, “Wakamatsu Ryokan,” and we enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel was comfortable and had a beautiful ocean view. The staff members were, as they are anywhere in Japan, kind and helpful. I definitely recommend you visit Hakodate on a trip to Japan.