Getting to the top of Mount Hakodate
Mount Hakodate (函館山）with its 334 m 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).
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).
The ropeway also offers a great view already!
Maybe you can make out some Western buildings and churches on this photo?
I’ve written about them here.
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.
There’s a huge observation platform offering almost a 360°C panorama.
You can see the port, the station and the mountains in the background.
It offers a great view of the Tsugaru Straits.
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!
It was truly magical up there, yet freezing cold!
It was also almost a full moon at that night. Truly breathtaking!
Round trip: 1280yen (adult), 640yen (child)