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The Southern Circuit (道南 Dōnan) covers the western and central parts of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.


Map of Southern Circuit
  • 1 Hakodate (函館市 Hakodate-shi) – the seat of the short-lived Ezo Republic
  • 2 Hokuto (北斗市 Hokuto-shi) – adjacent to Hakodate, terminus of the Hokkaido Shinkansen's first phase

Towns and villages[edit]

Cherry Blossoms at Matsumae Castle

Other destinations[edit]


Get in[edit]

Hakodate is the main gateway, with trains north to Sapporo and south to Honshu, as well as ferry connections to Tohoku.

By train[edit]

  • JR Hokkaido Esashi line

By plane[edit]

Hakodate Airport (HKD IATA)

Get around[edit]





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