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Motomachi

Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
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Ranked #5 of 59 attractions in Hakodate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Munich
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176 reviews 176 reviews
34 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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London
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807 reviews 807 reviews
608 attraction reviews
547 helpful votes 547 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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Singapore
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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uk
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395 reviews 395 reviews
118 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 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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Tokyo, Japan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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sacramento
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Hakodate, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is the area Hakodate is perhaps most famous for. It boast several churches of different religions, the old public hall, some wonderful small artisan shops and the beautiful view of the city. Daisan-Saka 大三坂 is the most picturesque cobbled street at the bottom of which you'll find the Spanish restaurant La Concha. The bakery Tombolo (you can also have... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I really enjoyed my stroll here.... buildings are monumental and got to see some autumn leaves too :)

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New York City
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Remnants of post-Perry era, very nice stroll (hills are challenging in the winter) before or after trip up the ropeway. Museum of Northern Peoples (Ainu) has English information; Yachigashira onsen is a classic. Funadamajinja shrine is beautifully peaceful. Two good ideas for lunch: TanTanMen has outstanding noodles in 3 levels of spiciness (opens at 11:30, closes when out of food),... More

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