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33-2 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.
$122.11 per adult
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Ruth38915 wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom17 contributions2 helpful votes
We knew very little about the Soma residence, but came across it on our way to Motomachi Park. Previously, when I’ve visited restored Japanese houses, they have been empty with little by way of English explanation. This house is an interesting mix of foreign and Japanese and the rooms contain some furniture. Best of all, there is a really helpful audio guide which gives the history of the house and family and explains the lengths the owner went to to honour his guests. The storeroom is a gallery displaying an interesting selection of period art works.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from aronia12, オーナー at Kyu Soma-tei
Responded Oct 3, 2019
Thank you very much for visiting in old Aiba family housing housing. A building was designated as a national important cultural asset in December, 2018. English, Chinese and Korean are even, and the sound equipment is very popular. It's being wished that it's good travel. kyusoumake shinji Higashide
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pmah78 wrote a review Jul 2018
Yokohama, Japan36 contributions16 helpful votes
This was my second visit to the Soma House and I enjoyed it just as much this time as the first time. The staff are very welcoming, nothing is too much trouble to make your visit informative and enjoyable. The English audio guide is excellent, giving enough information to be interesting and instructive, without being overwhelming or too time consuming. The house itself is really interesting and quite beautiful. It is fascinating to see the conveniences provided by the owner with a view to impressing his Western guests, in contrast with the more simple conditions he expected his own family to live with. This is the only place I have visited with uranium glass door handles. The exhibition of paintings is delightful too. Some coffee is provided at the end of the visit. Pop next door to the former British Consulate if you would like afternoon tea and a rose garden.
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Date of experience: July 2018
Response from Shinji H, オーナー at Kyu Soma-tei
Responded Jul 20, 2018
Thank you very much I expect to meet you again It's the hot climate,please pay attention healthily     director Shinji Higashide 7/20
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James B wrote a review May 2018
Tokyo, Japan11 contributions10 helpful votes
Like a previous reviewer, I almost walked right past this house as I was following my guidebook to the Former British Consulate building just down the hill. I'm glad I decided to stop for a look here! Staff were friendly and VERY eager to set me up with the English-language audio guide which, besides providing a running commentary on the house and its former owner, also served as a helpful crash-course in Hakodate history. There is an interesting juxtaposition of traditional Japanese architecture with Western influences throughout the house, but I especially enjoyed the elegant garden and imposing "kura" storehouse next to the main building, which has been turned into a gallery where you'll find an amazing eight-meter scroll depicting the lives of the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido. There is a small cafe between the two buildings. Entrance fee of 800 yen is a bit steep, but I definitely recommend this place if you are interested in history or architecture.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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terramurie wrote a review Jul 2017
Seoul, South Korea117 contributions4 helpful votes
This was a great place to see. It's a former residence belonging to a prominent businessman. It was really interesting to see how the rich lived back then, and to see the differences in the Japanese and Western room. There is also a small gallery in the storeroom. The garden in the back of the house was small, but very tranquil. I almost skipped this place, but I didn't. This actually turned out to be one of my favourite sights in Hakodate -- it was like a hidden gem!
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Date of experience: April 2017
Response from aronia12, オーナー at Kyu Soma-tei
Responded Jul 4, 2017
Thank you for praise. The residence is protected by our civilians. I hope see someday. Thank you very much agein.
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茎沢直子 wrote a review Mar 2016
Hakodate, Japan25 contributions15 helpful votes
The person who takes an interest in Japanese construction drop in at KYU SOMATEI by all means, please. This building has history very much. I was enchanted, too.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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