This Hakodate excursion included a visit to attractions in Matsumae as the only Japanese castle named Matsumae Castle, Matsumaehan Yashiki. Japan exploration gives you a chance to soak in the tranquil atmosphere under the splendid cherry blossom trees.

Tour Code:
Duration: 6 hours
Start/End: Hakodate port/ Hakodate port
Highlights: Matsumae Castle, Matsumaehan Yashiki
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Hakodate Shore Excursions


  • Full Itinerary
  • Inclusion & Exclusion

After docking at the port, you will be met and then escort you to Matsumae Castle. The castle is opened to all people, including expats as a museum. It remains various items from feudal period such as Matsumae Clan order documents, armor, clothing of ancestor, and lots of old paintings.

Hakodate Shore ExcursionsThen, visit Matsumae, the former capital of Cape Shirakami. This kind of prosperous town attracted merchants engaged in the shipping trade, it’s quite safety since it was protected by a garrison at Matsumae Castle, the only castle built according to Japanese style in Hokkaido.

Matsumae CastleStroll along the western edge of Matsumae Park, we get the Matsumaehan Yashiki, a small historical theme park. Your cruise excursion ends with a transfer back to the port.
Note: it is possible to visit the Cherry Festival at Matsumae Shrine, just 4-5 minutes on foot from the Castle. But the festival date is not yet announced, and probably 28 April, hopefully.

What’s Inluded?

  • English-Speaking-Guide (licensed)
  • Chartered car/coach including high-way and parking fee
  • Entrance: Matsumae Castle & Museum, Matsumae-han Yashiki

What’s Excluded?

  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips for Guide and Driver