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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 ¥17,851
La Vista Hakodate Bay

La Vista Hakodate Bay

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

    Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower. Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum and Sakamoto Ryoma Museum are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hakodate Kokusai Hotel ¥9,241
    Hakodate Kokusai Hotel

    Hakodate Kokusai Hotel

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

      Situated by the sea, this spa 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. Fort Goryokaku is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Hakodate Station is 8 minutes by foot.

      Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate ¥6,612
      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 within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Mount Hakodate is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Hakodate Station is only a 1-minute walk.

        APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae ¥5,438
        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.

          La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate ¥7,843
          La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate

          La Jolie MOTOMACHI by WBF Hakodate

          6-6 Suehirocho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
             
            3.0 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.

            La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae ¥8,510
            La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae

            La'gent Stay Hakodate Ekimae

            Wakamatsucho, 12-8, Hakodate, Hokkaido
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 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 5 minutes by foot.

              Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate ¥4,545
              Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate

              Hotel WBF Grande Hakodate

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

                Situated in the historical district, 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.

                Hotel Hakodateyama ¥7,773
                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 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Mount Hakodate. Hakodate Park and Hakodate Sei John Church are also within 10 minutes. Hakodate Station is 24 minutes by foot.