World Rates "View from Mountaintop" as 3 Stars -Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate-
June 26th, 2017
Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334m in height in the west side of Hakodate city and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). Mt. Hakodate was an island originally. A view that can look over the Hakodate city has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world. "View from Mt. Hakodate" was introduced as 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate "View from Mt. Hakodate" highly. Especially, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
There are 3 ways to see the great view. The first is that tourists can use a ropeway to go up the Mt. Hakodate easily. The second is that the tourists can use cars such as a bus, a taxi and an owned car to go up the Mt. Hakodate. The third is that the tourists can climb the Mt. Hakodate on foot. In the case of the ropeway, it runs every 15 minutes from Sanroku Station (山麓駅) to Sancho Station (山頂駅) and takes about 3 minutes. It is very fast and is economical of your time. A round ticket is JPY 1280 for adult and JPY 640 for child. In the case of the cars, traffic regulations enforce depending on seasons and time (from late April to late September and 17:00-22:00), and the tourists must use the ropeway or the bus or the taxi. But the visitors can go up to the mountaintop to enjoy the night view by their cars beyond 22:00. It seems to be crowded during consecutive holidays. All facilities are closed on the mountaintop beyond 22:00, so a restroom can not be used. In the case of the foot, it takes about 60 minutes to go up the mountaintop, but the tourists may enjoy the good view. There are many mountain climbers surprisingly. But I do not know whether the tourists go up the mountain to see the night view in the evening.
There are a building of observation decks with 4 floors, Isaribi Park (漁火公園), towers for broadcasting on the mountaintop. The building of the observation decks has Ropeway Station "Sancho Station (山頂駅)", Inside Observation Deck, Restaurants, Souvenir Shop, restrooms and Rooftop Observation Decks. Hakodate City, Tsugaru Channel (津軽海峡), Gulf of Hakodate (函館湾) and the Pacific Ocean can be seen. The views are very comfortable if it is fine day. There are some observation decks, and the view from the highest rooftop observation deck is most popular.
Atmosphere of Mt. Hakodate Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Admission free|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (143 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Mt. Hakodate.
|Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)|
|Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)|
|Ikenohata Onsen Ryokan(池の端温泉旅館)||Only Tel:+81-138-22-3877|
A page of Hakodate is here