Hakodate Christmas Fantasy 2018 – Meet Christmas in Hokkaido!




Do you think you can’t really enjoy Christmas in an Asian country like Japan? That’s not true. Hakodate city in Hokkaido has a romantic festival where you can enjoy fireworks and beautiful night views – Hakodate Christmas Fantasy. You have a chance to enjoy the illumination for whole December. It will become an unforgettable Christmas you have ever imagined!

How to Enjoy “Christmas Fantasy” in Hakodate

Hakodate was the place that received the first Christmas trees in Japan. Thus, during the Christmas Fantasy festival you will see many trees around every corner. The most remarkable thing is, the biggest Christams tree on the water surface at the bay area. It comes from Halifax, Canada every year and is over 20 meters high. Halifax is the sister city of Hakodate. In 2015, it was decorated with 150,000 LED lights. Every year in December at 6 p.m. you can see the fireworks, and it is the highlight of the festival. However in 2018 there will be over 50000 lights which is still a lot.

You can take a walk to other part of the city to enjoy the views. For example, Hakodate mountain ropeway and Goyoukaku tower are the best to see the whole city. It is so romantic and the most beautiful illumination you can imagine. Besides, the view from Hakodate mountain is considered to be the best view in the city in Japan.

Details and Access


December 1st -25th, 2018. Takes place every year from the beginning of December until 25th of December.


4:30 pm – 12:00 pm, Friday/Saturday & 22-25 December; until 2:00 am


Hakodate Bay Area


14-2 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate

Homepage (Japanese only): 


You can walk from JR Hakodate station. It will take about 5 minutes.

Other Things to Do in Hakodate

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa onsen is in the eastern part of Hakodate city, close to the airport. You can enjoy this hot spring and it is absolutely good to enjoy it when it is cold outside. You might also see the monkeys enjoying it, and is really adorable. Since the city is near the sea, there are many seafood restaurants around. Here is the official website, URL: 

Daimon Yokocho

Daimon Yokocho is 5 minutes walk from Hakodate station and is the biggest food area in Hakodate. It is an old Japanese style street with many kinds of restaurants. You can try ramen, sushi at Izakayas, and other Asian foods as well. It is also nice to try many small dishes at different restaurants. Here is the official website of this shopping area, URL (Japanese only): 

Closing Remarks

Santa Claus is coming to Hakodate! How do you like it? You would love the Japanese Christmas with many activities, beautiful lights, and great food! The real Christmas is right there, in Hakodate! On the top of the Christmas celebrations, don’t miss a chance to try the freshest seafood in Japan and soak in the warm waters of local hot springs!

If you would like to discover the city with local friends and guides, learn more about this beautiful winter festival, please click on the banner below.

Explore Everything in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is the most northern island in Japan and is a great place to visit as it boasts plenty of tourist attractions and outstanding food. If you would you like to see rural Japan, Hokkaido gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of snowy mountains and admire authentic traditional northern Japan. The following article assembled best festivals and activities to enjoy in Hokkado throughout the year, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!


Would You Like to See the Biggest Winter Festival in Japan?

Hokkaido is the coldest Island in the Japanese archipelago. But this fact doesn’t scare Japanese people who have matsuri in their blood. Sapporo is holding the most significant winter event in Japan in February – Sapporo Snow Festival. So, if you are planning to come to Hokkaido in winter for skiing, visiting hot springs or even just on a business trip, don`t miss an opportunity to walk through the city and see this outstanding Festival! The following article will provide you with the essential information on this beautiful event. Please check the link below!


For All Snow Lovers

Winter is a great season to enjoy Japan! I hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you want to visit this event. There are plenty of festivals and events in Japan in winter, as Japanese people traditionally have a lot of celebrations this season. Most of the events are held in the evening to enjoy candle lights which bring a cozy and charming atmosphere.
For all snow lovers, the following article suggests you 10 best spots to enjoy snow in Japan!
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Izumi Sawada

A 21 year old girl who loves traveling and speaks 5+ languages. Don’t have any house and live on the earth literary. That kind of craziness is all I need in my life!

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