Begin your sightseeing by going to Mt. Hakodate and check out the view that the Michelin guidebook has given three stars. You can get there by cable car, bus, taxi, rental car, or on foot.Here are some tips about the means.

The cable car is the most popular method. It runs every 5 to 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9 p.m. during winter), and takes only 3 minutes. It is closed for a few weeks in late fall for maintenance – check the schedule if you visit then. An operation may be restricted or cancelled due to strong winds. Click here for the operation.

There is a well-maintained road to the top of Mt. Hakodate. It takes about 20 minutes; longer if it’s busy. Private cars (including rental cars) are not permitted from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in late fall) to prevent congestion. It is closed during winter due to icy road.

If the weather is good and you are feeling a little adventurous in the daytime, you can walk. A well-maintained path will lead you to the observatory through rich wildlife in about an hour. Click here for the map.