Trip with a Rent a Car in Hakodate city: A tour of monkeys and hot springs
What we'll do
The Hokodate Tropical Botanical Garden gives you a tropical feeling not only from the approximately 300 types of 3,000 tropical plants, but you can also enjoy viewing about 90 of the famous mountain monkeys. The Yunokawa Onsen Foot Bath near a tram stop can be used by anyone, making this a perfect spot for when you get tired on your trip. From Goryokaku Tower, you can see the five-pointed star shaped Edo period fortress Goryokaku in its entirety. Lastly at the Hakodate Museum of Art Hokkaido, bring your trip to a close by appreciating the artwork that features plenty of the regional colors from around Hakodate.
We can meet here, at the Toyota Rentleas Hakodate.
From Hakodate Airport, 5-minute walk right around a parking lot.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Hokodate Tropical Botanical Garden
Over 3,000 tropical plants of 300 varieties grow at the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, creating a sense of everlasting summer. The Monkey Onsen, reminiscent of winter in Hakodate, is also quite popular. The monkeys that use the hot spring water to warm up and escape the wind, snow, and cold of winter are famed for being humorous and cute. Those who want to interact with the monkeys can buy monkey food (JPY 100) at the information desk and try feeding the monkeys from behind a fence. There are also special events where visitors can give them apples and other food presents. Even when it gets cold, visitors can rest and warm up in the greenhouses and footbaths within the garden. Growing inside the greenhouses are rare plants from the south of the country, a complete change from the northern winter landscape. To get to the garden, take Hakodate Bus No. 95 or 96 and get off at the Nettai Shokubutsuen-mae stop. Walk about one minute, take the streetcar to the Yunokawa Onsen stop, and walk for about 15 minutes. There is also a shuttle bus from Hakodate Airport, and the garden is about a 5-minute walk from the Yunokawa Onsen stop.
2Yunokawa Onsen Foot Bath
The Yunokawa Onsen Footbath is located in front of the Yunokawa Onsen Hakodate streetcar station. It's never closed throughout the year and it's free, so it's easy to casually stop by. It's also a popular spot for locals to use when taking a break or waiting for the streetcar to come. It's said that the spring water has a positive effect on fatigue and swelling, so it's worth a visit if you get tired while walking around the area. If you decide to indulge, however, it's a good idea to bring a towel to dry your feet.
Goryokaku Tower of Hokkaido prefecture is a soaring tower in the middle of Hakadote city. For a small fee, you will be able to get a birds eye view over many of the city's best sights. Among the best is the ability to see Fort Goryokaku in its entirety. Built in a historically western style, so as to maximize cannon efficiency, it played a large role in Japanese history. From the defense of Hakodate in the Edo period to the civil war during the Meiji government's beginning, its historical significance was quite great. Presently, it stands as a beautiful spot for cherry blossom viewing, with over a thousand trees surrounding the fort. And with no better view of the region than from Goryokaku tower, you can see the beautiful star shape of the fort all year round, or even the rare pink star during cherry blossom viewing season.
4Hakodate Museum of Art Hokkaido
The Hakodate Museum of Art Hokkaido has adopted themes of Donan art, Eastern art and calligraphy, and contemporary art related to letter symbols. The museum possesses a collection of over 2,000 pieces, and the exhibits displaying them are changed about four times a year. In addition to the permanent displays, there are also collections that are partnered with other art museums in Hokkaido, and special exhibitions that incorporate various domestic and international themes are also held. Stop by to experience the art at the Hakodate Museum of Art Hokkaido, where the collections express unique regional characteristics.