The name of Hachimanzaka is said to be named after Hakodate Hacnimangu which was once located at the top of the slope. Hachimangu was moved to Yachigashira cho, its current location when it was damaged from a great fire, but the name still remains intact.
Hachimanzaka is one of the popular scenic spots along with the night scape from Hakodateyama, and it is often featured on various books and websites.
In addition, the area was used for the movie "Night of shooting star", TV drama "Lunch no Joo", as well as the CM for popular snack, "Pocky (a.k.a Mikado in Europe)", and dish detergent "Charmy green" as their shooting location, thus it is quite familiar to those from outside of the city. There are even foreign tourists visiting this area after seeing the slope featured through the videos such as these CM and movies.
Hachimanzaka is a long straight road extends to the sea and the sky, and its length is as long as 270m. The area offers wonderful views: when you look down, you can see the Seikan Ferry ship, Mashu-Maru which is moored to the old pier as a memorial museum from the front view; when you look up, you can enjoy the view of Hakodateyama.
Although the slope is a straight road extending towards the sea now, it is said that the road used to be winding.
When you go all the way up to the top of the slope, there awaits Hakodate Nishi High School, where Japan's famous enka singer, Saburo Kitajima has graduated from.
On the top of the slope, there still are historical buildings such as Old British Consulate of Hakodate. Once you venture into Hakodateyama via ropeway, you can enjoy the scenic view of one of the three best nightscape of Japan.
You will be able to enjoy the sceneries different fro the day time, such as stone pavements lit by the street lights, and the lights from the port. When you have a chance to come to Hakodate, make sure not to miss this magnificent view.
Address: Suehiro-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido