Hakodate is an important sea port located on the southern tip of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. Hakodate has an interesting history due to its importance in trade with foreign nations and there is an interesting mixture of sights. The mix of cultures in this city will surprise you! Visit the Russian Orthodox church, located right next door to the Catholic Church and around the corner from the Episcopal Church. Then there is a Buddhist temple nearby just to help the contrast on the hillside Motomachi district. There are some stunning views from Mt Hakodate, considered one of the top three views in Japan. The Hakodate Morning Market contains a wide array of seafood in a relatively casual environment and many small restaurants allow you to sample the local delicacies.
There are a number western style hotels located near JR Hakodate Station including Four Points Hakodate, or a little further downtown the Hakodate Kokusai Hotel.
Tokyo - it is approximately five hours from Tokyo to Hakodate by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and a short transfer on a local train. Flights from Hakodate Airport take around one and a half hours to Haneda or Narita Airport near Tokyo.
Sapporo - it is approximately three and a half hours from Hakodate to Sapporo by Limited Express Hokuto Train.
The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Hakodate are usually at their peak in late April or early May.