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 (closed from November 2018 till April 2021).

Getting there and around

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 and Fees

Hakodate Public Hall


Closed from November 2018 to April 2021 due to construction work to strengthen the structure against earthquakes

Old British Consulate


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


No closing days


300 yen

Russian Orthodox Church


10:00 to 17:00 (weekdays)
10:00 to 16:00 (Saturdays)
13:00 to 16:00 (Sundays)


December 26 to mid March


200 yen