The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,143 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This grand, two-story wooden structure opened in 1910 and stands high on a hill in Hakodate's Motomachi area. I think it is the best of the remaining Western-style buildings that went up in the city after Japan opened to Western trade in 1859. I like the brilliant fusion of Japanese patterns and Western architecture, and I especially like the exterior color combination of blue-gray walls and yellow trim.

As an architecture buff, I was immediately drawn to the building, formerly used as an assembly hall, when strolling through Motomachi and had to go inside.Though the standard admission fee is Y300, we purchased a discounted ticket that allowed us to see this structure and another from a list of three in Hakodate.

Information signs in English and Japanese appear throughout the interior. Rooms are mostly small with many featuring furnishings that would have been used in an earlier era. Imperial family members have stayed here on visits to Hakodate, and changes had to be made, such as the bathroom and wooden toilet added for the August 1911 stay by Crown Prince Yoshihito.

I found the second floor's large main hall -- used for concerts today -- to be the building's piece de resistance. Its highly polished floor reflects the light from the "S" shaped chandeliers above and the windows on two sides. Doors here open to a large balcony that overlooks the city and water below. I captured many photos of the panorama and took advantage of the opportunity for a closer look at the balcony's columns and capitals.

A woman in Meiji-era attire stood on the balcony, inviting women visitors to rent dresses from that period for commemorative photos. I saw four women throughout the building who had done that -- Y1000 for 20 minutes. At least one room on the first floor had myriad classical dress choices.

This historic building is designated as an important cultural property in Japan and is well worth visiting. Shoes must be removed just inside the entrance and slippers are provided to use when exploring the interior.
Written July 15, 2016
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Dreamtogothere
228 contributions
Oct 2015
There is a park with stairs leading from the bus park up to the old public hall of Hakodate Ward.

The public hall is a stately building with nice yellow and grey.

The surrounding garden area is pleasant and there are a few interesting spot to take photos at.
Written November 24, 2015
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,170 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is situated further up from Motomachi Park. This American colonial style two story building was constructed in 1910 after the former public hall was lost in the great fire of 1907. There’s a good English brochure available on the internet with a thorough description of the building. I was particularly interested in the second floor where you can see the bedroom, living room and waiting room used on the occasion of the royal visits of the Taishou and Shouwa Emperors as crown princes and their servants. The ballroom which is now used for concerts is quite grand. From the public hall you can command a spectacular view of Hakodate Bay. Following the earthquake on September 6th, 2018, they have announced that the public hall will be closed for three years to undergo major refurbishment including fortifying resilience to earthquakes.
Written October 17, 2018
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Sisca C
Jakarta, Indonesia107 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
Took the blue-line tram to get here, stop #21. From the tram stop, you'd need to walk up for a few minutes. Once you get up there, you can see a beautiful scenery of the ocean and the surrounding area. Ticket to enter and view the building alone is JPY300, but they provide packages if you want to enter other buildings (the Museum of Northern People, the Old British Consulate, and two other buildings that I forgot).
Written December 9, 2016
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Wander_Lust1969
Sunnyvale, CA1,171 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
Worth a visit.Nothing too impressive so dont look for a palace like feel. just a big house with a concert hall. The ceiling art was quite interesting
Written October 18, 2015
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,300 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is one of my favorite buildings in Hakodate’s Momochi area because of its architecture, yellow color, large wooden floors, and the view of the city from its balconies. If you are into old buildings, this is one of the best in the city. Construction started in 1909 after the “Great Fire of Hakodate” burned down the town hall and assembly area. Both Taisho and Showa emperors stayed in the master guest room when they came to Hakodate while each was still a crown prince. The guest room is open to the public, and it features its own jake, an unusual thing for a building of this era. The second floor has a large concert hall that is original to the building and is still used for concerts today. One of the interesting features is the Haikara Costume Gallery, a commercial enterprise where Japanese young women can dress up in ballroom costumes representative of the Meiji era (¥ 1000 for 20 minutes). Unfortunately, there is no similar service for foreigners to dress up in Kimono at the same place. However, it is fun to take pictures of the tourists as they look like they just stepped out of Tara in “Gone with the Wind.” Visited 9/16/2017.
Written August 28, 2018
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore1,247 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Popped by to take some photos. Place was not crowded but a handful of tourists can be seen. Did not enter the building
Written February 22, 2018
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Wangary
Port Lincoln, Australia453 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
This is quite a beautiful early 20th Century building and is a mix of architectural styles. It contains some interesting exhibits- most of which are English captioned. It has magnificent views of Hakodate Harbour from the balcony. It is also in the close proximity of other places of interest in Hakodate
Written May 8, 2017
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Frostburne
Bandung, Indonesia108 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Visited the place when following the walking route provided by the map.

The ward is reconditioned to become a museum. You need to pay of you want to visit the museum.

For me, its just a stop to take some pictures then go.
Written April 2, 2017
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ABeh
Singapore, Singapore311 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
on the way up to the Public Hall, enjoy the scenic walk up the Hachiman-Zaka slope. entrance fee is JPY300. best part of the visit is the view from the balcony. other than that, one can actually complete the visit in 15 mins.
Written January 11, 2017
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