It is no exaggeration to say that the sightseeing symbol of Hakodate city is Mount Hakodate.
Mount Hakodate rises to 334 meters, and from that point captures the viewer with one of the world's top three night views. The ocean floats beyond the southern part of Hokkaido but it is the glimmering streets of the cityscape that rise above it. It is absolutely not an overstatement to say this is a one million dollar night view, and one can fully understand how superb this scenery is.
In the summertime you can drive to the summit and after a 100-meter walk from the parking lot to the viewing point you have arrived. In the wintertime and for those going on foot, a ropeway will connect you directly to the top. The view is free but the ropeway costs 1,200 yen round trip (as of May 2014). In addition to the viewing point, while taking in the sites you can enjoy dining in restaurants and souvenirs are for sale.
One way of enjoying the night view is to search for hidden characters. Amid the lights are hidden the characters for "like" as well as a heart. It is said that if you can find them your wish will be granted, so it offers a romantic opportunity for couples and others coming and going.
For those who want to enjoy the very best of the night view, on a clear day aim to get to the viewing platform right before sunset. Just before the sky goes completely dark, it turns red, offering up magical scenery.
Mount Hakodate bustles with tourists, parents and children, couples, school groups, and others, and everybody wears a smile as their faces glow with happiness, so it seems it could perhaps be a holiday, a chance to propose, or an opportunity for one to enjoy taking on a completely different life story.
Address: Hakodate, Hokkaido
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