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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

544 Reviews
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11-13 Motomachi, Hakodate 040-0054 Hokkaido
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Hakodate Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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Hakodate Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hakodate!<br><br>Hakodate has a long history of international trade and as such hosted a small foreign community. That influence is evident in the European buildings, churches, and red-brick warehouses that you can see from the nostalgic streetcar that makes its rounds of the city. <br><br>Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you!<br><br>Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.<br>Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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AndreaUbok wrote a review Sep 2019
Florida1,561 contributions65 helpful votes
It looks so beautiful in photographs and was so disappointed to see the building under wraps and closed for construction.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Ben L wrote a review Dec 2018
285 contributions16 helpful votes
Although it's closed for upkeep due to earthquake, this area is still very much the place to go to with its surrounding areas full of history and beautiful sites to walk around such as the old British Consulate, park, etc.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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tomizuta1953 wrote a review Oct 2018
Funabashi, Japan1,091 contributions133 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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ScambusterSZ wrote a review Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia1,671 contributions331 helpful votes
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This is a must impressive property sat regally on the hill overlooking Hakodate above the large garden / park. They charge a small fee to enter and you have to wear the little slippers but it is a stunning g example of the earlier architecture and timber buildings of that era. I my opinion, definitely worth a look.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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John wrote a review Aug 2018
Leavenworth, Kansas1,198 contributions157 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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