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Mount Hakodate

Mount Hakodate is one of the landmarks of Hakodate, located in the southern part of Hokkaido. On the mountainside are located in almost all Central part of the city. And to be on top of it, you need to take a bus or a cable car bottom station of which is right there, in the center of the city, on the street of Motomachi.

The mountain is 334 meters high, its slopes covered with forests - there are in Japan, quite frankly, mountains more outstanding. However Hakodate in clear weather, enjoy beautiful views of the city. Moreover, the night view of the city is among the three most outstanding night views along with views of Nagasaki from mount inasa and the city of Kobe from mount Rokko. On top of the mountain is the Observatory, a café and a restaurant and souvenir shops.

On the slopes of mount Hakodate is preserved since the Meiji so-called "Western quarter", which was built in the spirit of exploring the Wild West. Nearby is the Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1862 and renovated in 1917.

The city of Hakodate, which was founded in the mid-fifteenth century, for many years served as the Western gate of Japan, so on site you can see the traces of different cultural traditions - European, Russian, American, Chinese, but the buildings in the traditional Japanese style here, not so much. Many of the foreigners living in Hakodate, was buried in the cemetery, also located on the slope of the mountain. In the Russian part of the cemetery was erected a two-meter memorial cross made from white stone. A sample was taken of the Novgorod memorial cross of XI-XII centuries. In the cemetery were buried the Russian diplomats, sailors and their family members, including spouse of the first head of the Russian Embassy Joseph Goshkevich.