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Address: Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
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Ranked #7 of 54 Attractions in Hakodate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Owner description: Many foreign traders settled in this neighborhood in the mid 1800s, which still contains a number of foreign buildings, including the Russian Orthodox Church and the Chinese Memorial Hall.

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Singapore, Singapore
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It's a nice stroll if you enjoy exploring on foot. You get to see some nice quaint shops or cafes along the way. I am so glad that we rented a car, it was too strenuous for me to walk uphill and some parts are pretty steep. The area feels nostalgic and old school. I enjoyed the layback feel.

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Hong Kong, China
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128 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Apart from some historical buildings around the area, we could have a nice stroll around the red brick warehouses in the Bay Area to purchase souvenirs and have some snacks in the shops there prior to reaching the JR Hakodate Station. If you have time to reach the area early around 3 pm, I highly recommend you to sit down... More

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Hong Kong
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210 reviews 210 reviews
27 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A rather high end neighbourhood which has a collection of old Church buildings. There is not much restaurants or things to do here. It is however a good place to have a nice walk, take some pictures of Hakodate Bay and Hakodate town.

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189 reviews 189 reviews
34 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The architecture in Motomachi is varied and interesting. It's well- maintained and photogenic. I recommend walking as high up the street as you can and zig- zagging your way down. The upper streets are hardly visited by tourists, but there are some good views down on the scene below.

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668 attraction reviews
675 helpful votes 675 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This the old historical area of Hakodate - the primary sights being up the hill so be prepared for some steep walking. You can easily spend four hours here visiting many historical buildings which conveniently lie quite close to each other. We got a map from the tourist office and easily followed that. From the top of the hill, you... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We were going to give this a miss but glad we did not. Its a nice historical area with a steep slope up from the waterfront. Reminds me of San Francisco. Nice photo ops around the area up to the park.

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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This historical district is a must go for visitors of Hakodate. The walk up the fairly steep street was akin San Francisco and a sector of it was reminiscent of Lombard Street. Some pretty quaint cafes which lined the street added to the relaxing and laid back feel to the district. The 100+ year old Orthodox Russian and Catholic churches... More

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130 attraction reviews
321 helpful votes 321 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Walking around this historical district visiting the numerous sights. The tree lined streets are reminiscent of San fransisco and are highly atmospheric . The views across the bay are beautiful, there are one or two classy bars and I had some great ice cream.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Well there are some historical locations and good photographic locations but not that interesting if you're not into photography or history.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I think I was expecting more from this 19th century former trading center. Motomachi is the long lane with most of the historic buildings. Unlike anywhere else we've been, cafe owners are out promoting their wares ("ice cream!"). It's pleasant though many of the old buildings look the worse for wear and streets/steps are patched unattractively compared to other areas.... More

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