Dec
2
2012
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Mount Hakodate in Hokkaido

When you’re in Hakodate (Hokkaido) then Mt. Hakodate with its awesome night view is without a doubt a highlight besides the star-shaped Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Morning Market.

smilie Visited: May 5th and 6th 2012 smilie

Mount Hakodate Ropeway

Getting to the top of Mount Hakodate

Mount Hakodate (函館山) with its 334m is not very high! A ropeway that will take you up to the mountain top. You can also take a bus (which I highly recommend for the night view!).

Mount Hakodate Ropeway

I went there twice, once during the night and once during the day.

During the day I took the ropeway which looked very new and modern to me (compared to other ones I’ve seen in Japan).

View from Mount Hakodate

The ropeway also offers a great view already!

View from Mount Hakodate

Maybe you can make out some Western buildings and churches on this photo?
I’ve written about them here.

View from Mount Hakodate

And this is the famous view you get from Mount Hakodate.

Not very spectacular during daytime when it’s cloudy, but awesome at night!
There’s also an old fortress, Tsugaru Fort (津軽要塞) on the mountain. Actually the whole mountain used to be a fortress once. One of the old gun batteries is open for visitors, but I didn’t have the time to visit.

View from Mount Hakodate

There’s a huge observation platform offering almost a 360°C panorama.

View from Mount Hakodate

You can see the port, the station and the mountains in the background.
It offers a great view of the Tsugaru Straits.

Night view from Mount Hakodate

The really awesome thing is the night view, though.

It is very famous and considered to be not only one of Japan’s most awesome night views, but also in the world!
It is listed as one of the TOP 3 NIGHT VIEWS OF JAPAN along with Kobe’s Mt. Rokko and Nagasaki’s Mt. Inasa. I’ve seen the views at night at all those places and I can’t decide which one is the best, but surely they are all absolutely breathtaking!

Night view from Mount Hakodate

It was truly magical up there, yet freezing cold!

 

Night view from Mount Hakodate

It was also almost a full moon at that night. Truly breathtaking!

 

TOURIST INFORMATION: ROPEWAY

Operation Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Apr 25th – Oct 15th); 10:00-21:00 (Oct 16th – Apr 24th)
Holidays: none
Fee: One way: 640yen (adult), 320yen (child)
Round trip: 1160yen (adult), 590yen (child)
TEL: (+81)0138-23-3105
Website: http://www.334.co.jp/eng/
Access: Jujigai tram stop + 10 mins walk (~ 5 mins from Hakodate Sta.)
or
Direct access via Hakodate Bus (~ 10 mins from Hakodate Sta.)

 

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