Mt. Hakodate Information

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Access to Mt. Hakodate Observatory
(2022/4/25 - 2022/9/24)

Available

Cable Car
Bus(*1)
Bus(*2)
Taxi
Walking

Available depending on time

Rental Car(*3)

Unavailable

Bicycle
Motorcycle

(*1)Mt. Hakodate Climbing Bus

(*2)Sightseeing bus

(*3)restriction due to a busy road from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Table of planned year-round access to Mt. Hakodate

Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Means
Cable Car A
Mountain Climbing Bus B B
Taxi B B
Rental Car B C D B
Sightseeing Bus E
Walking
Available
Available depending on time
Unavailable
  • A : Out of operation for inspections (2022/9/25 - 2022/11/6)
  • B : Closure of road during the winter (2022/11/14 11:00am - 2023/4/10)
  • C : Suspension of traffic from 5 pm to 10 pm (2022/4/25 – 2022/9/30)
  • D : Suspension of traffic from 4 pm to 9 pm (2022/10/1 – 2022/11/13)
  • E : Use ropeway as well during the rush hours and during the winter

Access to Mt. Hakodate Observatory

Cable Car (Mt. Hakodate Ropeway)

It takes 3 minutes to get to the summit from the base station. Most people use this access. Before and soon after sunset, the cable car can be crowded. An operation can be canceled in case wind is stronger than a set speed. In the autumn season, the service is suspended for maintenance for about 2 weeks. The fare is 1,500 yen for the round-trip and 1,000 yen for one way.

Fares and Business Hours

Divisions Round trip One way
Regular fares Adult 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Child 700 yen 500 yen
Group fares
15 persons or more
Adult 1,350 yen 900 yen
Child 650 yen 450 yen
  • * Children up to 2 years old can ride for free.
  • * One pre-school infant 3 years or older can ride for free if accompanied by an adult. In the case of two or more infants per adult, the children's fare must be paid.
Terms First
departure
Last departure
to
the
mountaintop
Last departure
from
the
mountaintop
4/25-10/15 10:00 21:50 22:00
10/16-4/24 16:00 19:50 20:00
  • * It is about a three-minute ride.
  • * Operating hours may change subject to weather or other conditions.
  • * Time is subject to change.

Contact 0138-23-3105

Mt. Hakodate Climbing Bus

The bus starts at JR Hakodate Station and goes up Mt. Hakodate via the Bay area. It is a bus on a regular route. You don’t have to change buses. It takes about 30 minutes when there is no traffic jam. The road is busy during the tourist season. No operations are available during the winter because the road is closed for safety reasons. The one way fare is 500 yen.

Sightseeing bus

To enjoy the night view from Mt. Hakodate, you can take a sightseeing bus that departs from and arrives at JR Hakodate Station, hotels near Hakodate Station, and hotels in Yunokawa Onsen.

Hakodate night view Tourist bus(Hakodate Bus)

In addition to the Mt. Hakodate Observatory, the bus also makes stops at the Bay Area and Hachiman-zaka Slope to enjoy the night view of the city from the bus windows. There are two methods of transportation to the top of Mt. Hakodate: bus only in the summer, and bus and cable car in the winter. Reservations are required by phone at least three days in advance, but can be made on the day if seats are available.

Period Transportation Fare for adults Tour time
From/to Hakodate station From/to Yunokawa Onsen
4/1-4/15 Bus and cable car 2500 yen 1.5 hours Approx. 3 hours
4/16-6/30 Bus only 1300 yen 1.5 hours Approx. 2.5 hours
7/1-9/30 Bus only 1500 yen 1.5 hours Approx. 2.5 hours
12/26-3/31 Bus and cable car 2900 yen Approx. 2 hours Approx. 2.5 hours

Taxi

Taking a taxi is recommended for a group of 3 or 4 people. Typically, you ride a taxi and go to the summit, have the taxi wait for 30 minutes while you see the view, and then take the same taxi to go down. This access is not available during the winter because the road is closed. The fare varies from 8,000 yen to 16,000 yen per taxi to go to and from Hakodate Station (depending how busy the road is).

Rental car

You can go around at your own pace by rental car. But the rental car is not permitted during the time the road is busy (from 5 pm to 10 pm between April and September, from 4 pm to 9 pm in October and November). The road becomes congested right after the end of the restriction. This access is unavailable because the road is closed for safety in winter.

Motorcycle Bicycle

Two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycle and bicycle cannot go on mountain trails heading for Mt. Hakodate Observatory. You can park your two-wheeled vehicle at a specified parking lot opposite Mountain Base Station and use the cable car or the mountain climbing bus.

Walking

There are well-maintained paths from the base to the summit of the mountain. It takes about one hour from the Mt. Hakodate Information Center (6-12, Aoyagi-cho) (by the Tsutsujiyama route). Wear sneakers in the summer and ordinary snow boots in the winter. It is recommended taking a long-sleeved jacket against bugs and the cold.

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