Travel to Hiyama

You are sure to discover many things about Hiyama
that no one has ever told you.

vol.1Three-day, two-night Hiyama trip

Looking back on memories
from medieval times to the Edo period and its end (Bakumatsu)Esashi - Assabu History Course

Esashi - Assabu History Course

Hiyama Trip

A trip to immerse yourself in profound knowledge of history is necessary if you visit the place where Hokkaido began.
This course tours Kaminokuni, where the foundation of the Matsumae clan was formed, Esashi, which flourished in the Edo period, and Assabu, where a conflict happened at the end of the Edo period.
Why not visit historic structures that remain to this day and think about days gone by?

Access Information

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Day 1



  • Approx. 90min.
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  • Approx. 28min.
  • Hakodate Airport
  • Travel by rental car
  • Esashi Ferry Terminal
  • Yokoyama ResidenceEsashi
    Visit a Hokkaido Cultural Asset built 160 years ago.
  • Esashi-Ubabami Daijingu ShrineEsashi
    Visit the oldest shrine in Hokkaido.
  • Esashi Oiwake HallEsashi
    Enjoy the local folk entertainment of Esashi.
  • Old Nakamura ResidenceEsashi
    Visit a mansion made entirely of Hiba wood that was built in the Edo period.
  • Former Hiyama Nishi-gun District OfficeEsashi
    Visit a tangible cultural property built in 1887 and experience the history of Esashi.
  • Lunch on Inishie Kaido StreetEsashi
    Yamagen's original nishin soba has been listed in the Michelin Guide.
  • Hokkeji TempleEsashi
    There is a dragon glaring in eight directions painted on the ceiling of this temple built in the Sengoku period (warring states period).
  • Yamadaya KashihoEsashi
    Visitors must try the popular Daifuku (dumplings filled with sweet bean paste) made at this shop established 86 years ago.
  • IchibankuraEsashi
    Take a break at this café with a wonderful ambience.
  • Aneroid barometerEsashi
    An aneroid barometer made in 1928 that was a necessity for fishermen.
  • Kaiyo Maru Youth CenterEsashi
    The inside of the Kaiyo Maru, a naval vessel that sank off the coast of Esashi in the Edo period, is filled with exhibits.
  • Itsukushima ShrineEsashi
    The sunset view at Itsukushima Shrine on Kamome Island communicates the days of old.
  • Stay in Esashi Town
  • Yokoyama Residence
    Yokoyama Residence
  • Esashi Oiwake Hall
    Esashi Oiwake Hall
  • Nishin soba
    Nishin soba
  • Ichibankura
Stay at a hotel

Day 2



  • Approx. 3min.
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  • Approx. 30min.
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  • Approx. 35min.
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart from Esashi Town
  • Old Sekikawa VillaEsashi
    The Sekikawa family was a wealthy merchant family that flourished from about 300 years before until 1897.
  • Higashi Honganji Temple AnnexEsashi
    Listen to the mysterious ghost story passed down at this temple, which was built in the Edo period.
  • Gokatteya HonpoEsashi
    Yokan (adzuki bean jelly) warranted by the lord of Matsumae Domain and presented to the Emperor.
  • Kashiwamori ShrineEsashi
    Take a look at a Raigo Kannon statue carved by Enku.
  • Lunch in Kaminokuni TownKaminokuni
  • Kaminokuni Kannon-do HallKaminokuni
    This is the only place in Hokkaido where Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-headed Kannon) carved by Enku can be seen.
  • Old Sasanami ResidenceKaminokuni
    Visit Hokkaido's oldest private house.
  • Kaminokuni Hachimangu ShrineKaminokuni
    Visit the oldest and most important shrine in the shrine history of Hokkaido.
  • Katsuyamadate Castle Ruins
    Guidance CenterKaminokuni
    Learn about northern trade on the Sea of Japan and experience the lifestyle of people in medieval times.
  • Yunotai OnsenKaminokuni
    Fully enjoy the quality of a highly carbonated hot spring on the bank of the Amanogawa River.
  • Old Sekikawa Villa
    Old Sekikawa Villa
  • Kaminokuni Kannon-do Hall
    Kaminokuni Kannon-do Hall
  • Old Sasanami Residence
    Old Sasanami Residence
  • Kaminokuni Hachimangu Shrine
    Kaminokuni Hachimangu Shrine
Stay at a hotel

Day 3



  • Approx. 5min.
  • Approx. 5min.
  • Stay in Kaminokuni Town
  • Depart from Kaminokuni Town
  • Reku-no-Mori (recreation forest)Assabu
    Experience forest bathing in primeval forests of Hiba, a specialty of the Matsumae Domain.
  • Matsumae Clan Castle Ruins/
    Fukuyama Castle Ruins/
    Tatejo Castle RuinsAssabu
    The battle field where the Imperial army and the Shogunate forces fought against each other at the end of the Boshin War.
  • Hekketsu-hi monument (autumn foliage)Assabu
    A memorial monument for the soldiers of the Shogunate army who died in the Boshin War that still remains at the Uzura Dam observation square.
  • Hakodate Airport
  • Reku-no-Mori
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