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[Mt. Hakodate] One of 3 Best Night Views in World Can Be Enjoyed, and 3 Ways, Ropeway, Cars and Hiking to Go Up

June 26th, 2017

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. "A View from Mt. Hakodate" was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate "The View from the Mt. Hakodate" highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate
Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate

Movie of Mt. Hakodate

Day View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate
A Lot of Tourists Come
Mt. Hakodate

Night views from other places in the Hakodate as well as the night view from the Mt. Hakodate are famous, too. At Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Lookout (きじひき高原パノラマ展望台) and Shirotai Ranch (城岱牧場), the night view of the Hakodate downtown with the Mt. Hakodate called "Back Night View (裏夜景)" can be savored. But the both places are closed around at 20:00, so check the time. The night views of the Hakodate from various sides are romantic, so a lot of couples or families come those places.

Mt. Hakodate Night View from Kijihiki Highland Panoroma Observatory
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate Night View from Shirotai Ranch
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate Night View from Neighbourhood of Kamiiso Station
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
As I Expect, Many Couples Come
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate

A lot of famous tourist attractions such as Motomachi (元町), Hakodate Park (函館公園), Foreign Cemetery (外国人墓地) and Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) are at foot of the Mt. Hakodate, so here is convenient for sightseeing. By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo

Motomachi Park

Motomachi Park (元町公園) is a park at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and is built on the hillside with a fine view. Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the park. Hakodate Magistrate Office (箱館奉行所) and Hokkaido Development Commission (開拓使) used to be built here. The Motomachi Park is well-known as a place naming after the name of the Hakodate, and Mr. Masamichi Kono (河野政通), a vassal of Mr. Masasue Ando (安東政季), built Usukeshi-Kono-kan (宇須岸河野館), a small fort, around here in 1454, and the shape of the building was like a box, so around the land was called "Hako-date". * The box means "Hako (箱)" and the building means "Yakata (館)" in Japanese, and the Yakata has some different readings such as the Yakata, the Kan, Tachi and Tate, so "Date" is a voiced sound. Edo Shogunate decided to open Hakodate Port together with Shimoda Port (下田港) in 1854, then the Hakodate energize exchanged with other countries. In the later Edo period, around here turned into area under direct control of the shogun, and it used to be the political and diplomatic center of the Hokkaido. It is said that here is closely related to history of the Hokkaido. Admission free. There are Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア), Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸) around the Motomachi Park, too. Article is here

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

Cape Tachimachi

Cape Tachimachi (立待岬) is a scenic spot at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the south part of Hakodate city, and visitors can view the Pacific on cliffs. Tachimachi was called "Yokoushi (ヨコウシ)" by Ainu people, and means "A place that the Ainu people wait to watch fishes while standing" in Ainu language. * Tachi (立) means standing and machi (待) means waiting in Japanese. Because the cliffs with about 30 m in height are steep, I think they imperiled themselves lay their life on the line put their life before fishing, and maybe men of other days were very tough. The cliffs have a good view, so the cape is sometimes used as a shooting place for suspense dramas. A song of "Cape Tachimachi" sung by Ms. Masako Mori (森昌子), a Japanese famous enka singer, uses here as a motif. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Cape Tachimachi
Hakodate Cape Tachimachi

Hakodate Park

Hakodate Park (函館公園) is the first park in Hokkaido built in 1879 at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the south part of Hakodate city, and has been chosen as one of 100 Best Historical Park in Japan, and has an exotic atmosphere such as the Meiji period. Hakodate Museum (函館博物館), Hakodate Park Kodomonokuni (函館公園こどものくに), Hakodate Park Visitor Center (函館公園ビジターセンター), Mini Zoo, Central Large Fountain (中央大噴水) and Mt. Meiji (明治山) are built at the site, and it is well-known as a place for Hakodate citizen's relaxation and refreshment, and is also famous as a famous place to see cherry blossoms. The best season to see is from late April to early May. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided, but free temporary parking lots are provided during the best season. Article is here

Night Cherry Blossoms at Hakodate Park
Night Cherry Blossoms at Hakodate Park

Yachigashira Onsen

Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) is a hot spring place in Hakodate city. Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) and Ikenohata Onsen Ryokan (池の端温泉旅館) are built in the residential area at the foot of Mt. Hakodate. There are some shrines and temples such as Sumiyoshi Shrine (住三吉神社), restaurants and convenience stores around here. Famous tourist attractions around here are Mt. Hakodate (函館山), Hakodate Park (函館公園), Cape Tachimasci (立待岬) and Hekketsu Monument (碧血碑). Article is here

Appearance of Building
Yachigashira Onsen

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Look of Mt. Hakodate

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 go up 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 it takes about 3 minutes. It is very fast, and is economical of your time. A round ticket is JPY 1,280 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, 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 a lot of mountain hikers surprisingly. But I do not know whether the tourists go up the mountain to see the night view in the evening.

Sanroku Station
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Look of Sanroku Station
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Ropeway
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
View from Ropeway
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Look of Ropeway
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate

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 the Ropeway Station "Sancho Station", Inside Observation Deck, Restaurants, Souvenir Shop, restrooms and Rooftop Observation Decks. The Hakodate Downtown, 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. The sunset as well as the night view are beautiful, so oversea people come to see the sunset.

Building of Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Inside Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Souvenir Shop
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Rooftop Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Rooftop Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Hakodate Dock Comes into Sight
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Hakodate Downtown
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Yunokawa Onsen Region
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Highest Rooftop Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Aomori Prefecture Can Be Seen a Little
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
View from Highest Rooftop Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Night View from Top of Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Parking Lot
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Open Space near Building of Observation Deck
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Monument and Pacific Ocean
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
View from Open Space Is Good, Too
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Buildings of Hokkaido Local Television
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Isaribi Park
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Isaribi Park
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
View from Isaribi Park
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Motomachi Comes into Sight
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate
Gulf of Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Mt. Hakodate Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Hakodate

Admission fee Admission free
Parking lot Free parking is provided (143 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-23-3105
Home page Home page is here

List of Events

Mt. Hakodate Countdown Special Event is held in December 31.

Movie of Mt. Hakodate Countdown Special Event

List of Activities

Sightseeing taxi and guided trekking are held. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Sightseeing Taxi

Donan Hire(道南ハイヤー)
Hakodate Taxi(函館タクシー株式会社)
ASOVIEW
Hakodate Sightseeing Jumbo Taxi Isaribi Club(函館観光ジャンボタクシー 漁火倶楽部)
ASOVIEW
Five Star Club(ファイブスタークラブ)
ASOVIEW
Nakamura Sightseeing Taxi(中村観光タクシー)
Moomoo Taxi(モーモータクシー)
Jalan

Guided Trekking

Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
Jalan

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

広告

South Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
HP
Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
Jalan
Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
Jalan
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
HP
Rakuten
Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
HP
Jalan
HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
HP
Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
HP
Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
HP
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
HP
Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
Booking
Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
Booking
Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
Booking
SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
Booking
Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
Booking
THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
Booking
Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
Booking
Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
HP
Booking
Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
HP
Booking
Jalan

North Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
HP
Jalan
Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
HP
Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
HP
Jalan
Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
Booking
Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
Booking
Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
Booking
Fellow House(フェローハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
HP
Booking
Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
Booking
Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
Booking
Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
Booking

East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
Booking
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
Booking
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
Booking
Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
Booking
Shinmatsu(新松)
Rakuten
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
Booking
Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
Booking
Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
La Cachette(ラカシェット)
Jalan
Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
Booking
Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
Booking
Rakuten
Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com

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