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Old Hakodate Public Hall (upper building)

The harbor of Hakodate was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade in 1854 after Japan's era of isolation had come to an end. As a result, many traders from Russia, China and Western countries moved to Hakodate. Motomachi, at the foot of Mount Hakodate, became a district favored among the new foreign residents.

Many foreign looking buildings remain in the area today. Among the most famous are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Old British Consulate, the Chinese Memorial Hall, the prefectural government's former branch office building and the old Hakodate Public Hall.

Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church
Narrow street in the Motomachi district

Access

The Motomachi district is situated at the foot of Mount Hakodate, and easily accessed from JR Hakodate Station in a 5 minute tram ride or 20-30 minute walk.

How to get to and around Hakodate

Hours & Fees

Hakodate Public Hall

Hours

9:00 to 19:00 (until 17:00 from November through March)

Closed

December 31 to January 3, one closing day per month (usually Tuesday) from September to April

Admission

300 yen

Old British Consulate

Hours

9:00 to 19:00 (until 17:00 from November through March)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

300 yen

Russian Orthodox Church

Hours

10:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 on Saturdays)

Closed

Irregular closures

Admission

200 yen
Page last updated: March 13, 2015