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Hakodate, Japan Overview

Hakodate is a city and port located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Oshima Subprefecture. The total area is 677.77 km (261.69 sq mi). The city is now the third biggest in Hokkaido after Sapporo and Asahikawa. It is located in the centre of Kameda peninsula.

The city is overlooked by Mount Hakodate, a lumpy, forested mountain whose summit can be reached by hiking trail, cable car, or car. The night view from the summit is renowned in Japan as one of the best in the country, and one of the top three in the world along with Hong Kong and Naples. An obscure local nickname of the bumpy mountain is Gagyūzan (Mount Cow’s Back), alluding to the way the mountain resembles a resting cow.

The former Goryokaku fort is now used in as a public park and is popular in Hokkaido for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Since April 2006, the park has also featured the tall, white Goryōkaku Tower. Resembling an air traffic control tower, the structure offers a panoramic view of the park, including mainland Japan across the Tsugaru Strait on clear days.

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Weather

According to the Köppen climate classification, Hakodate’s climate is a humid subtropical climate, but is close to both an oceanic climate and a humid continental climate. As a result the winters though cold, are not nearly as cold as a typical Hokkaido winter and summers are warm, but not hot.

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