JAPAN TRAVEL: Hakodate Park, One of the Oldest Parks in Hokkaido
Kids and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy in Hakodate Park!
Built in 1879, Hakodate Park is one of the oldest parks across Hokkaido. It’s a family-friendly attraction which is ideal for those traveling with kids. It features different rides that the public can enjoy for only ¥300.
Let your toddlers enjoy an afternoon at the park!
One ride that you shouldn’t miss out on is the Rotary Chair, a wagon-type ride that lets you circle around the tracks speedily. It’s a fun, crazy attraction that will make you weak in the knees from laughing!
Filipino TV Personality Robi Domingo tries the Rotary Chair
If you’re the type to stay away from thrilling attractions, ride their Ferris Wheel which gives a panoramic view of the sakura-filled park in spring.
Ride the Ferris Wheel for a better view of sakura trees!
Aside from the rides, a leisurely stroll around Hakodate Park will take you to some historic monuments such as sculptures, stone lanterns, and memorial monuments. At night, a water fountain lights up that makes the night more beautiful. When you visit Hakodate Park in autumn, you will see scenic autumn foliage at the Shirakawa bridge.
How to go here
Take the tram and get off at Aoyagi-machi Station. From there, it takes about a 3-minute walk to the park.
Address: 17 Aoyagi-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Weekends and Holidays)
Fees: Admission is free; some rides have corresponding fees
This first appeared on Philippine Primer magazine’s January 2019 issue.