Hakodate, the Frontier City

The history of Hakodate is deeply intertwined with borders – Such as the Tsugaru Strait, which divides Hokkaido from Honshu. Or the tra...


Begin your discovery walk at the museum, and learn of Hakodate's role as a gateway to the world

A municipal museum is the self-portrait of a city. Museums show us how the city views itself, how the city identifies the historical an...


Crossing the Tsugaru Strait to form the Jomon Cultural Region

About 15,000 years ago, the people of the Jomon period traveled back and forth across the Tsugaru Strait by boat, establishing a unified cultural region spanning southern Hokkaido and northern Tohoku. The strait was no longer a border dividing these lands, but rather a route which served to closely connect this region.