Kijihiki Highland is 15 minutes by car from Hakodate-Hokuto Station (on the Hokkaido Shinkansen line), the front door to southern Hokkaido. It’s a viewing spot which overlooks some stunning scenery and is well-known as a resting spot surrounded by abundant nature.
At the Kijihiki Highland Panoramic Observatory found at an elevation of 560 meters, visitors can get a panoramic view of the magnificent Mt. Komagatake and Onuma (which stretches out at the skirts of Mt. Komagatake) when they look east. To the south, visitors will be able to see Mt. Hakodate and the city area of Hakodate, as well as the Tsugaru Straights located beyond that. It’s quite simply a place where visitors can take in all for themselves the stunning scenery of southern Hokkaido. If the timing is right, you’ll also be able to see from the panoramic Observatory a sea of clouds stretching out all around.
What’s more, the road leading up to the panoramic Observatory has grooves engraved on its surface where you’ll be able to hear music involving connections with Hokuto City as you pass through in your car. People know this place as Melody Road; it will make your drive to Kijihiki Highland even more enjoyable.
(Open: late April-late October)