Hakodate is a 334 m high mountain in Hokkaido that is particularly famous for its nighttime views. It is located near the center of Hakodate and should definitely be explored when visiting the city, especially on clear days and in clear At night, the view from the mountain is spectacular and, along with the view from Inasa Mountain in Nagasaki and Rokko Mountain in Kobe, is one of the three most beautiful views at night in Japan.
The summit can be reached by cable car, bus or by car. The cable car is the most common and fastest way to tour the mountain. There is an observation deck, souvenir shops, a café and a restaurant there.
Goryokaku Park is an iconic star-shaped fort located in Hakodate. The fortress was originally constructed in 1855 to protect Hokkaido and was the site of a civil war between the shogunate’s soldiers and the imperial troops of the Meiji government. Later in the 1910s, the area was converted into a public park, and today, it is recognized as a national special historic site. The beautifully landscaped park shines during all seasons and is a popular natural retreat for residents and tourists alike.