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Mount Hakodate (َR, Hakodateyama) is a 334 meter high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula on which much of central Hakodate is located. On clear days and nights, in particular, the views from the mountain are spectacular and included among Japan's three best night views alongside the views from Nagasaki's Mount Inasa and Kobe's Mount Rokko.

Facilities at the summit, which is accessible by ropeway, bus or car, include free observation platforms, souvenir shops, a cafe and a restaurant.

Getting there and around

By ropeway

The Hakodateyama Ropeway departs from the Motomachi District. The ropeway's lower station can be reached in a 10 minute walk from the Jujigai tram stop (5 minutes, 210 yen from Hakodate Station) or by direct Hakodate Bus from Hakodate Station (10 minutes, 210 yen, 1-2 buses/hour in the evenings). The ropeway costs 1500 yen for a round trip or 1000 yen one way. It operates every 15 minutes from 10:00 to 22:00.

By direct bus

From late April to mid November, there are multiple direct buses per hour between Hakodate Station and the summit of Mount Hakodate in the evenings (30 minutes, 400 yen one way). The buses are operated by Hakodate Bus and covered by the day passes for trams and buses.

By car

There is a toll-free road to the summit of Mount Hakodate that is open from mid April to mid November. However, the road gets closed to individual car traffic in the evenings between 17:00 and 22:00 (16:00 to 21:00 in October and November).

How to get to and around Hakodate

Hotels around Hakodate

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    • Pension Jokura
      Budget-friendly
      Just 250 metres from Omachi Tram Station and a 6-minute walk from the Red Brick Warehouse, Pension Jokura offers homely rooms with free wired internet, an LCD TV and shared bathrooms. The heated rooms at Jokura Pension have simple wood furnishings, including a small desk. Toilets are shared. Guests have access to 24-hour shared showers, and shared baths are open from 19:00-24:00. JR Hakodate Train Station is a 6-minute drive, and Hakodate Airport is about a 20-minute drive away. Koryu-ji Temple and Yamanoue-jinja Shrine are about a 15-minute walk away. The hotel has free parking. The pension has a cheery lounge with a wood-burning stove, and a Japanese-style sitting room. A free-use internet PC is available, and a coin launderette is on site. Luggage can be stored at the reception.
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    • Condominium Stella Site
      Budget-friendly
      Set 4.6 km from Goryokaku Park, 5 km from Hakodate Goryokaku and 50 km from Mount Iou, Condominium Stella Site offers accommodation located in Hakodate. This 2-star apartment offers a lift and luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. Units come with a private bathroom fitted with a bath and a hair dryer, while certain rooms also offer a fully equipped kitchen. At the apartment complex, every unit has bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 6 km from Condominium Stella Site.
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    • FAV HOTEL HAKODATE
      Luxury
      Set in Hakodate, 4.6 km from Goryokaku Park, FAV HOTEL HAKODATE offers accommodation with a terrace, free private parking and a bar. The property is around 50 km from Mount Iou, 2.3 km from Hakodate Park and 1.7 km from Motomachi Catholic Church. The property is non-smoking and is located 5 km from Hakodate Goryokaku. Guest rooms at the hotel come with a seating area. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at FAV HOTEL HAKODATE also have free WiFi, while selected rooms also offer a city view. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 7 km from FAV HOTEL HAKODATE.
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    • Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts
      Luxury
      A 3-minute walk from Hakodate Station, Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts offers rooms with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a balcony, a living area and a kitchenette. Danshaku Hakodate Club Hotel & Resorts is an 8-minute drive away from Sanroku Station which offers access to the Mount Hakodate Ropeway. Hakodate Morning Market is only a 1-minute walk and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse is a 15-minute walk away. Rooms are spacious and bright, featuring tile flooring and simple contemporary design. En suite bathrooms offer views of Mount Hakodate. The Danshaku Club Hotel features bicycle rental and coin-operated laundry facilities. Guests can shop at the in-house sundry shop. A Western breakfast is served in guestrooms.
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    • Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hakodate, conveniently near the Hakodateyama and Motomachi area, Condominium Panoramique Motomachi is an apartment featuring free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site for a fee. Mount Hakodake Ropeway Station, Hakodate bay area and Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is a 7-minute walk away. All units at the apartment feature a satellite flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a bath and a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave, fridge, kitchenware and electric kettle. All apartments feature a washing machine with tumble dryer and massage chair. A variety of restaurants is available within a 5-minute walk from the property. Guests can also find supermarkets within a 10-minute walk from Condominium Panoramique Motomachi. Hakodate Goryokaku is 5 km from Condominium Panoramique Motomachi, while Hakodate Park is a 7-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 9 km from the property.
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    • JR Inn Hakodate
      Mid-range
      Situated in Hakodate, 4.6 km from Goryokaku Park, JR Inn Hakodate features views of the city. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Hakodate Goryokaku is 4.9 km from the hotel and Mount Iou is 50 km away. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At JR Inn Hakodate, the rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 7 km from JR Inn Hakodate.
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    • Pension Puppy Tail
      Budget-friendly
      Pension Puppy Tail is nestled a 5-minute walk or a 1-minute drive away from JR Hakodate Station. Decorated in retro style, it provides free WiFi and a free-use microwave in the lobby. On-site free parking is available. Pension Puppy Tail is a 5-minute walk from Morning Fish Market and a 5-minute drive from Bay Area. Hakodate-yama Ropeway is also a 5-minute drive away, while the mountain's observatory can be reached within a 10-minute drive. Rooms come with either European-style bedding or traditional futon bedding. They all include both air conditioning and heating facilities. An electric kettle and fridge are provided and some rooms feature private bathroom. All rooms have a hairdryer. For guestsf convenience, laundry, ironing and shoeshine services are available. Guests can also store luggage at the front desk or make use of the fax and photocopying machine. Free small heating pads will be provided during winter.
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    • HakoBA Hakodate by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate offers accommodation in Hakodate, a 6-minute drive from Hakodate Park. Guests can relax on the terrace at the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the building. All rooms feature air conditioning, heating and a safety deposit box. Extras including slippers and towels are provided for guestsf comfort. Some rooms have a desk and refrigerator. There is a shared kitchen and shared lounge at The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate. Free luggage storage and lockers are available at the property. There is a gift shop and drinks vending machine on site. There is a restaurant, bar and coffee house on site. Breakfast is also served at the property. There are a few restaurants, cafes and convenience stores within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Suehirocho Station and Jujigai Station are both under a 5-minute walk from The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate. Mount Hakodate Ropeway is located a 7-minute bus ride from the property, while Goryokaku Park is a 20-minute drive away. Hakodate Airport is a 25-minute train ride away.
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    • HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE
      Luxury
      Set in Hakodate and with Goryokaku Park reachable within 4.9 km, HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE offers concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. The property is around 5.2 km from Hakodate Goryokaku, 50 km from Mount Iou and 2.2 km from Hakodate Park. Private parking is available on site. All units in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. With a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, certain units at HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE also have a city view. The units at the accommodation feature air conditioning and a desk. HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE features a wellness area with a sauna. Speaking both English and Japanese, staff at the reception can help you plan your stay. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate, 7 km from HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
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    • Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
      Mid-range
      Located within 1.5 km of Motomachi Catholic Church and 1.6 km of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu offers rooms in Hakodate. The property is set 4.3 km from Hakodate Goryokaku, 5 km from Goryokaku Park and 2.1 km from Hakodate Park. The hotel features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. Breakfast can be chosen from a selection of offsite restaurants at Hakodake Morning Market featuring Hakodate ingredients. The units come with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath and free toiletries. The hotel offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarino include Hakodate City Office, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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