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 (closed from November 2018 till April 2021).

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 and Fees

Hakodate Public Hall

Closed

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

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

Closed

December 26 to mid March

Admission

200 yen