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  • Ramadurai R
    Cincinnati, OH148 contributions
    It was an interesting experience. You have to take an initial cable car to a staging area where based on crowd you have waiting time to board a double decker cable car. The view at the top is amazing and it was crisp and nice on a sunny day. Clear view of the mountains with occasional cloud passing making you close to it
    Written August 14, 2020
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  • Sunny_world_traveler
    Nagoya, Japan38 contributions
    This ropeway gondola costs 900yen single trip, 1800yen for return (there are multiple or oneday tickets as well), and it runs every 20 min. (This ropeway stops operation from 2nd of April - 27 April for checkups.)

    Maybe two different reasons to take this gondola in winter season. Skiing / snowboarding or hiking. I took this gondola to climb Mt. Kita Yokodake.

    It is 7min ride, but you can enjoy awesome view of North, Central, and South Alps, and Mt. Tateshina.

    You can go to 2237m high effortless using this ropeway, and start climbing Mt.Kita yokodake. It takes about 1hour and half to climb the mountain. In winter, you need crampons and proper winter hiking wears.
    I rented snowshoes (2000yen) before I get on the ropeway, and enjoyed snowshoeing as well.

    It is not cheap, but not that expensive compared to similar ropeways.
    Written April 2, 2012
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  • Yi Qin
    Singapore, Singapore204 contributions
    The experience includes a cable car ride up to the mountain top and a chairlft down to a trekking area. We were only only able to take the cable car as the chairlift operation was suspended due to bad climate condition, which was a pity as the chairlift looks fun.

    The panoramic views of the mountains we saw during ride was amazing. We felt so lucky and excited as it started snowing halfway through the ride. There's a cafeteria at the top where we can take a rest to enjoy the nice views over some food and drinks. We managed to explored the open air platform outside and the scenery was gorgeous. Would recommended to those who likes nature.
    Written March 23, 2020
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  • Peter Choy
    Hong Kong, China5,143 contributions
    After lunch we drove for about 30 minutes to Hakkoda Ropeway, located in the northern part of Towada (十和田) and Hachimantai (八幡平) National Park. About 40 minutes away from Aomori City, the ropeway was opened in October 1968. During winter to spring, one can come for mountain skiing, watching snow melting, and the blossom of many alpine plants in the wetlands.

    For those who like hiking, you can walk to Mt. Akakura (赤倉岳) and Mt. Idodake (井戸岳). In the summer, it welcomes tourists from all over the country as sightseeing spots on the Hakkoda / Towada Gold Line and as the starting point for trekking courses. In late September, the autumn foliage near the mountaintop park station attracted many visitors. There is a record for the number of visitors riding the ropeway in October reaching 100,000.

    In mid-October, one would start to see the first snow, but the ski season is from about December to mid-May, and you can enjoy a long course of 5km full of pristine nature. In recent years, more and more tourists come during January and February to enjoy the best skiing moments.

    In August 2001, the ropeway reached a milestone of serving 10 million people since opening, and in May 2003, the new gondola made by CWA in Switzerland started to be used. In 2004, at the base and summit station, a newly built 11-seater elevator started operations, as part of barrier-free initiative, including a renovated base station waiting room hall. In July 2005, the drive controller, spare power plant, and power distribution facilities were updated.

    The ropeway opens daily, with the first train starting at 9:00. The last train will depart on 16:20 (Mar to early Nov) and 15:40 (mid-Nov to Feb). The train operates every 15-20 minutes with total travel time about 10 minutes. There is a free parking lot that can accommodate about 350 cars

    After paying for the tickets (2,000 yen each, return ticket), we took the ride on the ropeway, seeing some beautiful scenery, including the Aomori City and the Mutsu Bay as the background. The higher up the weather started to get windy and dark, and by the time we arrived at the summit station we could feel the chill and wind.

    Looking at the thermometer it has dropped to nearly zero degree Celsius, and with the condition we could not go on the Hakkoda Gourd Trek as planned. After taking a few photos, we had to take the ropeway back down the hill, with big disappointment, and hope we can come back again in warmer season to enjoy the hike.
    Written December 26, 2019
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  • cricketfanBB
    Auckland226 contributions
    Good day out. Walked to rope way past the many beautiful temples and shops (and cats). Ropeway good and views from top were brilliant. Looking out over islands and sea
    Written February 7, 2020
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  • vic452015
    Adelaide, Australia62 contributions
    The walk around the summit requires a certain amount of dexterity but the views are very good. It can be very cold and windy so wear warm clothing. The day I was there the temperature was just below zero.
    Written November 5, 2019
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  • dianefeng
    Sydney, Australia1,789 contributions
    Of cause you can walk up to the mountain top. Bus to here is lot frequent, some season no bus at all. We missed our bus has to wait for another 50 minutes. At ropeway station you can have free WiFi so waiting 50 more minutes was not unbearable.
    Written October 24, 2019
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  • TryNewThingsAnytime
    Belfort, France101 contributions
    short ropeway for nice view and nice playground park for children. You have to do it when the weather is very sunny with a beautiful blue sky in order to enjoy the sight view of all of the surrounding areas (nice view on the snowy mountains in April, and nice view of the valley). A little bit expensive. For the sportsmen you can reach the top of this mountain from a path which starts has the top of the big stairs way in Ikaho.
    Written May 8, 2014
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  • 930keit
    San Francisco, CA86 contributions
    This place has been my favorite for a while in the Izu area. First, shape of the mountain is good. Though it is not big, perfectly bulges from the ground. Second, you can walk around the rim in 15-20min and enjoy 360° view! It is simply beautiful. Third, I always love enjoying fresh manju (cake with sweet bean paste) and seeing how it is created.
    Written January 17, 2020
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  • Michael Gunawan
    Surabaya, Indonesia304 contributions
    This is a must-visit tourist attraction. The cable car ride is mundane but once you reach the top, you get to admire the great outdoors. The Komagatake Shrine is a great place to take photographs. If you’re in luck, winter time means snow !
    Written January 25, 2019
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    In other Japanese cities I have visited (including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Matsuyama and Toyama), I have really enjoyed travelling on their extensive streetcar (tram) networks. Don't get me wrong; Sapporo trams are equally enjoyable ..... there's just not enough of them! Confined to a single loop line to the SW of the city centre, Sapporo's network amounts to a total of 24 stops in the loop with trams running in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions.
    I got the opportunity to travel on the tram when visiting Mt. Moiwa Ropeway which involves taking the subway to Susukino subway station (N08 on the Namboku Line), interchange with the tram at street level then transfering to the Ropeway shuttle bus at Ropeway Inguchi tram stop. A fixed fare of Y200 per journey, you pay as you exit from the door at the front of the tram.
    Wonderfully retro .... I wish there was a more extensive network!
    Written August 11, 2020
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  • ShiningSchnee
    Hong Kong, China1,967 contributions
    With 500 yen it saves you from puffing up the hill. Nice views on the ropeway car. Once you get off at the hill top, head to the observatory above the station for a small souvenir counter and a small gallery on the geology of the hill.
    Written March 7, 2020
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  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia4,431 contributions
    While in Hakodate for a few days we used the tram a lot.
    It was always clean and never crowded, the drivers were always polite and helpful.
    It took us to all the places we needed to go .
    The stops were never too far apart and it came about every 15 minutes.
    Well worth using when in town
    Written September 12, 2022
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  • rpdbrpdbrpdb05301990
    Isehara, Japan150 contributions
    The illumination is lovely. The view from the cable car is awesome too. I recommend going there around August which is the best time to see their lantern festival.
    Written August 6, 2019
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore3,613 contributions
    Unless one hikes up the mountain else ropeway will be the most accessible way. Here we gotten the discounted tickets at Shinjuku sta which includes to-fro train and ropeway journey. We took the Keio Line to Takao Sanguchiko station and the cableway Takao Tozan Cable (高尾登山ケーブル Takao Tozan Kēburu) line is just mins from it. The cable car runs from the lower sta of Kiyotaki Station (清滝 201 m elevation) to higher elevation of Takaosan Station, climbing 271 meters over a journey of a little below 7 mins.
    We are quite lucky to get the front panel position (head-on view ) so were able to share some pic we took (attached) The climb was slow & steady until the last part, a very steep climb! Can really feel the pressure exerted on our body… Apparently this is the steepest cable car in Japan— they even have souvenirs & t-shirts printing on this!
    Definitely provides a great option compared to active hiking up the various trails. Like all ropeway do note that the cable car closes before 6pm on weekdays and may stop operations under adverse weather..
    The trip definitely adds another memorable and fun ropeway alongside our experience at Mt Kinka (Gifu castle), Iwakuni, Mt Inasa, Mt Rokko and others 
    Written June 15, 2019
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