Hakodate’s night view is one of the most spectacular in the world and was awarded the highest rating of three stars in the “Micheline Green Guide Japon”. What makes the night view unique is the hourglass like shape of Hakodate, which consists of two bays. The view is equally breath-taking in the day, so you may be compelled to visit it for both views! Mt. Hakodate is near the city centre and easy to get to. The ropeway up the hill takes just three minutes and there is an observatory, souvenir shop and restaurants on the mountain for you to enjoy the scenery and do some shopping before making your way back down.