Hakodate's crowning gem is the view of the harbor city at night from the top of Mr. Hakodate. Most believe that the view is not only one of the top three night views in Japan (the other two being Kobe and Nagasaki) but one of the top three in the entire world, competing with Hong Kong and Naples.
At night, the twinkling city lights on hourglass-shaped Hakodate contrast the dark water on both sides, and the black expanse of nearby sea, from June to December, is studded with lamps on squid fishing boats.
The daytime expansive vista is also spectacular. A ropeway takes you up to the top in three minutes. The mountain, with a height of 334m and a circumference of 9km, is not very big and shaped like a crouching cow seen from a distance.
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