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A beautiful spot with one of the world's best 3 night views

Mt.Hakodate Observatory

Recommended degree
★★★★★

Best season:Spring(Mar.-May)Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)Winter(Dec.-Feb.)

Mt.Hakodate Observatory

About Mt.Hakodate Observatory

Aside Hong Kong and Naples this is counted as one of the best night views in the entire world. It’s a view on Mt. Hakodate, 322m up which overlooks a beautiful landscape at night. Hakodate, also called "Gagyusan" because of its resemblance to a sleeping cow (Gyu means cow in Japanese), allows you to see the city of Hakodate from the summit, but also the Tsugaru Strait. The Hakodate Ropeway connects you up to the summit at a rate of about 7m per second at a total ride time of 3 minutes. There are also climbing buses, so you can enjoy the Hakodate views under your eyes from the steep roads.

The view from the summit includes cherry blossoms in spring, autumn leaves in fall, green leaves in summer, and beautiful snow in winter, and the flavor of the view changes with both the season and time of day. From fall until early summer you will see numerous squid fishing boats in the Tsugaru Straits and the shining lights of the city at night. At the summit there is a restaurant called "Genoa" and the tea lounge "Legato" where you can enjoy a full-fledged lunch or dinner while savoring the views. Business hours are from April until October, 21:30, and at other times it is until 20:30. To get the best seats you need to reserve in advance. 

The Heart Legend

There’s also a legend about the Hakodate night view. Somewhere in the view from Mt. Hakodate there’s a "heart" that’s hidden somewhere, and if you find it, your love will bear fruit, or your love will be deepened. If you can’t find the heart don’t worry about it, there’s a heart-shaped chocolate shop at the summit.

Access

From JR Hakodate Station (函館駅) take a bus and go to the Jujigai bus stop (十字街) and from there walk 10 minutes to the Hakodate Ropeway. From Hakodate Station it takes about 25min total. At night (17:00~20:00) there are shuttle buses that connect to the ropeway in about 10 minutes. Please note that the ropeway hours in winter are 1 hour faster than they are in summer.

Information of Mt.Hakodate Observatory

Spot name Mt.Hakodate Observatory
Address Hakodate-yama, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Regular holiday 7 days open
TEL 0138-23-6288
Fee 900yen

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