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A nice part of Hakodate to walk around -

Motomachi is a nice area of the city. There is an interesting mix of historic buildings and more... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2019
Otto B
Waterloo, Belgium
Stroll Through History

Situated along the lower slopes of Mt Hakodate this is an area of historic buildings and lovely... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2018
Andrew K
Zushi, Japan
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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.
Motomachi, Hakodate 040-0001, Hokkaido
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

Hakodate's Motomachi area retains much of the historical architecture from this important part of Japanese history. Here you will see signs of so many different international influences going along with Japanese temples and shrines. And it makes a unique place to visit even 150 years...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

This part of Hakodate literally felt like Japan and Europe had a child and named it the Motomachi district. It was very cool to see the old British Consulate, as wel as the old churches and the beautiful gift shops. Such a beautiful view of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2019

Back to 150 years ago, Hakodate was one of the first ports in Japan to welcome the foreigners. Therefore, this street is full of stylish-western buildings and streetscape. My first thought when arrived here, I felt like LA city in the USA due to a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

Motomachi is a nice area of the city. There is an interesting mix of historic buildings and more recent ones. We walked around the area, went to the Hakodate beer house for lunch. NO local beer without eating! After lunch we had a nice stroll...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Otto B
Reviewed December 29, 2018

Situated along the lower slopes of Mt Hakodate this is an area of historic buildings and lovely houses intermingled with small cafes and eateries. We were lucky enough to traverse the area in the snow so it took on another magical feel.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

This is the place to do your walking when in Hakodate. It's a conservation area with quiet cobblestone streets, historic buildings, religious buildings, a park and some shops (mostly ice cream). It's a lovely way to spend part of an afternoon and you get a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

the whole area has a mix of nice historic buildings and not so very old houses, but is very enjoyable to walk around for an afternoon, perhaps having a coffee (the little California Café we didn't try), or a local beer (unfortunately, you can't taste...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed both a drive around the old quarter called Matomatchi on the hill over looking Hakodate. There are a few small cafes and restaurants to be found, parks, churches, historic homes and buildings. Some if the road are beautiful being rebuilt with quality stone....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Hakodate was one of five Japanese cities/ports designated as open to foreigners as a result of US Admiral Perry’s sailing into Edo (Tokyo) in 1854 and demanding that Japan break its centuries of isolation. Motomachi is the area where foreigners were allowed to live and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank JohnD209
Reviewed August 2, 2018

This is a nice area to take a walk to see the churches and western buildings that placed an important place in the history of Hakodate. The western influence of this city is greatly demonstrated by these historic sites. It's a scenic hike up but...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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