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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mt. Hakodate (函館山)| Michelin Three-Star View

Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a 334m high, wooded mountain at the southern end of the peninsula on which much of central Hakodate is located!

Going up Nijikken Slope Street (二十間坂通), you will reach a cable car station!

Let's go to the summit!

The facility on the summit has a souvenir corner, and

I recommend goods made by prisoners in Hakodate Prison (函館刑務所). The bags they made are very fashionable, aren't they? Because of the shortage of the labors (prisons) , the stock of the goods are sometimes thinly distributed! Hahaha!

Voila!
This is the observatory!

The second edition of Michelin Green Guide Japan introduces the view from Mt. Hakodate as three stars!

It is also selected as one of the three beautiful views in the world, along with views in Hong Kong and Milan.

We can enjoy Mt. Komagatake (駒ケ岳)(1,132m) from the summit!

I love the view at night very much!

 Do you know Thomas Wright Blakiston from England?

He was the first person to notice that animals in Hokkaido were related to northern Asian species, while those on Honshu (main island of Japan) were related to those from southern Asia. The Tsugaru Strait between the two islands are therefore established as a zoogeographical boundary, and became known as "Blakiston's Line"!

The summit has another monumnet!
Tadataka Inou (伊能忠敬) is a great person to complete a map of Japan in the 19 century. In 1800, after five years of study, the Shogunate permitted Ino to perform a survey of the country. He completed a perfect map of Japan! He reportedly spent 3,736 days making measurements!! Wow! Mt. Hakodate is the first place he stared measurement in Hokkaido!! 

I love Mt. Hakodate!

Just for reference, Motomachi (元町), the foot of Mt. Hakodate, has several historical buildings, and the second edition of Michelin Green Guide Japan introduces this area as two stars. Do you want more information on this area? Please refer to my other post→ ! 

■Where is Mt. Hakodate (函館山)?

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■Tour guide information■
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