What are the Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori, Japan?

Hakkoda Mountain is a group of volcanoes that stretch from north to south in Aomori Prefecture. Due to volcanic activity, there are fumaroles and hot springs nearby. In addition, the marshland where the peat layer grows higher than the vast water surface spreads, and you can see beautiful nature in the summer. Using the ropeway, you can enjoy the view from the top of the mountain, or ski in the winter.

Mount Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture, Japan

What are the Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori, Japan?

Hakkoda Mountain is a collective term for a group of volcanoes that stretch north and south in Aomori Prefecture. The highest peak is Hakkoda Otake at an altitude of 1,585-meter. There is still volcanic activity, and you can see the Jigokunuma (Hell Marsh) and hot-air vents where hot hot spring water is stored. In the summer, you can see the beautiful nature of the Hakkoda Mountain Highland Wetlands (wetlands where the peat layer has grown above the surface of the water).

Setting for a Movie about the Novel Death March on Mount Hakkoda

The film Hakkodasan is based on the novel “Death March on Mount Hakkoda” based on the distress of the former Army soldiers at Hakkoda during the war. This film was actually filmed at Hakkoda Mountain in midwinter and is a masterpiece depicting the harsh winter environment of the mountain at the time.

The Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori 

What are the Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori, Japan?

You can use the ropeway to reach the peak of Hakkoda. From the summit station, you can see not only the magnificent mountain scenery of Hakkoda, but also the distant scenery of Aomori city, Mutsu Bay, Tsugaru and Shimokita Peninsula, and Tsugaru plains. 

You can enjoy the beautiful seasonal colors of early summer fresh greenery and autumn leaves (from early October to early November). In the winter, it is crowded with many people visiting ski resorts. Let's enjoy gliding in the scenery unique to Hakkoda, where the rime grows thick. Skiing is possible from late November to mid-May. The winter rime is from February to March.

Guide to the Mount Hakkoda Ropeway

What are the Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori, Japan?

Hakkoda Ropeway operates throughout the year. The travel time to the summit is about 10 minutes one way. Business hours are about 20 minutes from 9:00 (Last departure from March 1st to early November is 16:20, last departure from mid-November to the end of February is 15:40). The one-way fee is 1,250 yen for adults (2,000 yen for round trips) and 450 yen for children (700 yen for round trips). Baggage storage is 200 yen per bag (only during business hours).

How to Get to Mount Hakkoda

What are the Highlights of Mount Hakkoda in Aomori, Japan?

To access Mount Hakkoda from within Tokyo, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes) and get off at Shin-Aomori Station. Transfer from Shin-Aomori Station to JR (about 5 minutes) and get off at Aomori Station. From Aomori Station, take the JR Bus for Lake Towada (in winter, bound for Sokayu Onsen) (about 1 hour) and get off at Hakkoda Ropeway Station.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Hakkoda Ropeway
  • Street Address: 1-12 Kansuizawa, Aomori City, Aomori 
  • Access: Tokyo → [Shinkansen] 3 hours and 20 minutes → Shin Aomori Station → [JR] 5 minutes → Aomori Station → [Bus] 1 hour → Hakkodasan
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Ticket: At the counter, ticket machine
  • Credit cards: No Credit Cards Accepted

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