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Mt. Hakodate 函館山(Hakodateyama)

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.


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If you are coming here by car just be aware that the road to the top of Mt Hakodate is only open from mid April to November. Also it is closed to car traffic between 5pm - 10pm. If you have a car, I recommend you come her for sunrise instead of sunset. There are significantly less people as the ropeway isn't even open yet, and the sunrise is right behind the city.

Fantastic night view from the hill. Hope to visit here again.

Such a great view at night seeing all the city lights: reminds me of tons of fireflies that light up the views, so pretty see.

Wonderful view to see a sunset/ sunrise, a fresh view, and a different perspective overlooking the city and all of it's beauty.

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