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Mount Hakodate

Appreciate captivating views of Hakodate’s skyline, surrounding coast and glittering city lights from atop this central city mountain, accessible via a scenic cable car.

Mount Hakodate (Hakodateyama) crowns the southern end of Hakodate’s city center and peninsula area. Reach the top of the densely wooded mountain to experience unbeatable views of the cityscape and surrounding coastline. The 1,096-foot- (334-meter-) tall mountain offers a panoramic vista of Hakodate’s sprawling urban center, which is quite breathtaking at night. Visit the mountain just after sunset to see night falling over the city and a sea of twinkling city lights.

Select from several ways to reach the viewing platforms at the top of the mountain. Walk or cycle along scenic paths or catch the Hakodateyama Ropeway. This picturesque cable car offers magnificent views from a comfortable carriage. Enjoy the panoramic vistas as you ascend the mountain. The ropeway takes 3 minutes to reach the top of the mountain and stops at a pleasant observation area. Walk around this observation area for different views of the city.

On a clear day, enjoy extensive views of the peninsula and distant coastlines. If you visit as the sun sets, you’ll encounter the captivating sight of Hakodate’s city center illuminating with colorful lights. Snap a photograph of the city lights as a souvenir of your trip. Purchase additional souvenirs and gifts from the on-site gift shop. Grab a snack or quick meal from the café or cafeteria-style restaurant located on top of the mountain.

Experience the mountain in two different ways by catching the cable car up and enjoying a relaxed stroll down. The ropeway departs from Hakodate’s Motomachi district, about a 10-minutes walk from Jujigai tram stop. Buses also operate between Hakodate Station and the summit between April and November. Car access is limited at certain times of the day. The mountain is free to visit but the ropeway and buses have fees.

Mount Hakodate’s views transform throughout the seasons, from clear fall days to foggy humid conditions in summer. In winter, view the city majestically blanketed in a coating of white snow.


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Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate ¥6,734
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate

Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate

14-10 Wakamatsu-cho, Hakodate
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Morning Market and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Goryokaku Tower. Ekini Fish Market and Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru are also within 5 minutes. Hakodate Station is only a 1-minute walk.

    Hotel Paco Hakodate ¥3,535
    Hotel Paco Hakodate

    Hotel Paco Hakodate

    Omori-cho 25-3, Hakodate, Hokkaido
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Hakodate City Office and within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Yunokawa Hot Spring. Morning Market and Ekini Fish Market are also within 15 minutes. Hakodate Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Hakodate Kokusai Hotel ¥10,185
      Hakodate Kokusai Hotel

      Hakodate Kokusai Hotel

      5-10 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Goryokaku Tower. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Ekini Fish Market are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate ¥5,470
        Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate

        Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate

        22-15 Horai-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sakamoto Ryoma Museum, Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum, and Hakodate Ropeway. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Motomachi Catholic Church are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 20 minutes by foot.

          THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate ¥4,000
          THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate

          THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate

          23-9, Suehiro-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps from Hakodate City Museum of Photographic History and Kitasjima Saburo Memorial Museum. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum are also within 5 minutes. Hakodate Station is 17 minutes by foot.

            La Vista Hakodate Bay ¥21,044
            La Vista Hakodate Bay

            La Vista Hakodate Bay

            12-6 Toyokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Goryokaku Tower. Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum and Sakamoto Ryoma Museum are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate ¥11,364
              La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate

              La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate

              6-6 Suehirocho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Motomachi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hakodate Ropeway, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and Motomachi Catholic Church. Hakodate Sei John Church and Hakodate Harisutosu Seikyokai are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Hakodateyama ¥9,167
                Hotel Hakodateyama

                Hotel Hakodateyama

                19-1 Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hakodate Ropeway and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Mount Hakodate. Hakodate Park and Hakodate Sei John Church are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 24 minutes by foot.