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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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La Vista Hakodate Bay ¥14,546
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.

    Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate ¥6,281
    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 spa 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.

      APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae ¥3,967
      APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae

      APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae

      19-13, Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is steps from Morning Market and Ekini Fish Market. Hakodate Ropeway and Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hakodate Station is only a 4-minute walk.

        Hotel Paco Hakodate ¥4,931
        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 ¥9,500
          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 within 3 mi (5 km) of Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Ekini Fish Market are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 8 minutes by foot.

            THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate ¥3,434
            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.

              Hotel WBF Hakodate ~ WATATSUMI ~ ¥6,346
              Hotel WBF Hakodate ~ WATATSUMI ~

              Hotel WBF Hakodate ~ WATATSUMI ~

              Wakamatsu-cho, 24-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Hakodate, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Morning Market and 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Goryokaku Tower. Ekini Fish Market and Hakodate City Office are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate ¥4,173
                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.