Events and Festivals in Hakodate

Hakodate has many festivals and public-engaging events that happen throughout the year. They are:

  • Hakodate offshore winter fireworks display : Held in the month of February, this festival happens over a period of 3 days and puts up a stunning display of fireworks.
  • Hot-Tubbing Monkeys : Held inside the Tropical Botanical Garden, you can witness close to 100 monkeys who soak up in the hot spring at Yunokawa.
  • Cherry-blossom Viewing : One of the most popular spring festivals, cherry blossom viewing happens over all the city during the months of April and May.
  • Hakodate Goryokaku Festival : This festival commemorates warriors who died in the battle of Hakodate in the civil war.
  • Hakodate Marathon : This modern event happens in the month of July and features full and half marathon races.
  • Hakodate Open-Air Theatre : This mid-summer festival takes place at a national historic site, Goryokaku and features many plays and acts that shed light on the history and culture of Hakodate
  • World Music and Dance Festival : Held in the month of August, this festival features 4 stages and a whole lot of music and dance.
  • Hakodate Gourmet Circus : One of the largest events in Hakodate, this festival has local gourmet foods from all over Japan being served to you right here, in Hakodate
  • Hakodate MOMI-G Festa (autumn leaves festival) : This unique festival celebrates the autumn leaves and the many colours of fall.  

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