Hakodate is a city and port located in Oshima, Hokkaido, Japan. Hakodate has an estimated population of 300,000. The port of Hakodate was opened to American trade on March 31, 1853 under the conditions of the Treaty of Kanagawa, as negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry. A mariner of his fleet died while cruising and his body was buried in Hakodate cemetery for foreigners. He was the first U.S. citizen to be buried in Japan. Hakodate was later granted city status on August 1, 1922. The tiny but bustling city is also renowned as the site of Hijikata Toshizo's last stand. Every year the city gets together for the Hakodate Port Festival. Packs of citizens gather in the streets to dance the Squid Dance, the name of which describes the dance fittingly.
There are a couple of festivals held in Hakodate, Japan. You can attend one if you are lucky enough to be in town during. You can party in May at the Hokodate Goryokaku Festival, in February the Winter Festival, and in August the Port Festival.
There is also a few places to see and visit in Hakodate like Cape Tachimachi, Mount Hakodate, Goryokaku Park, and the Morning Market.