Motomachi

Motomachi, Hakodate: Address, Motomachi Reviews: 4.5/5

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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.
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Etupirka
Minato, Japan1,152 contributions
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港からの潮風に吹かれながら時間をかけて散策すると、観光スポットだけではなく、小洒落た珈琲店やレストランを見つけることが出来ます。真夏は暑すぎるので5~6月がおすすめです。ひとつひとつの坂に名前が付いています。

At the foot of Mt. Hakodate, there are 19 sloping streets running straight to the port. They are very popular with those who stroll around since there are distinct buildings and varied landscapes along them.
Written May 18, 2019
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,179 contributions
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This charming, hilly neighborhood at the base of Mount Hakodate shows off the area favored by Westerners and other foreigners after Japan ended its period of isolation in the 19th century. Many non-Japanese buildings still stand here, some open to the public for a fee. I especially like the colorful, massive Old Hakodate Public Hall and think it is worth paying to enter. But I would stick to the exterior of the Old British Consulate, which offers a meh museum. It is possible to go into part of the building for free, however, to visit an authentic British tea room. One afternoon, we enjoyed a lovely high tea there.

Motomachi's three churches are free and stand fairly close together -- Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Russian Orthodox. When we visited, the rebuilt modern Episcopal church
was undergoing restoration work and was closed to the public. But the other two were open and worth seeing. In the Roman Catholic church, I especially liked the gold altar and the carved wood panels that make up the Stations of the Cross.

We wandered a bit through the Motomachi Garden, which spills down a steep hill from the Old Hakodate Public Hall. I thought the views of the water below were stunning from here as they also are from some neighborhood streets.

Throughout Motomachi, I saw tourists but never a large crowd. I noticed many shops selling soft ice cream. Vanilla seemed to be the favorite of the those I saw with cones. I saw no one eating squid ink ice cream, which seemed quite popular at the Morning Market near the train station.

To reach Motomachi, we got off at the Jujigai tram stop and walked for about seven minutes, mostly uphill.
Written July 2, 2016
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Hnybnch
New York City45 contributions
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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), located at last stop of SW end of tram. Cafe Mario Doll has eclectic menu in funky storefront with antiques and jazz, located one block from tram stop Jujigai.
Written February 28, 2013
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,300 contributions
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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 is home to several early Christian churches and consulates. It is a major tourist area now, like similar areas in Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagasaki. If you are Japanese, it is an interesting historical area showing how western influence came to Japan. If you are western, you may be disappointed because the houses, churches, and consulates have nothing special in the way of architecture or museum pieces. I have been to the similar areas in Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagasaki and found nothing particularly exceptional. Visited 9/16/2017.
Written August 28, 2018
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Pornchai R
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Motomachi is not an area to be missed if you go to Hagodate. There are churches, houses, many buildings, all of which are well maintained. Worth for taking pictures. The popular long stretch slope is also here. Ropeway station up Motomachi mountain is just minutes away. All are within walking distance. Cool weather does not make you feel tired at all. A day in this area should be spared.
Written March 25, 2018
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Dalip C
Singapore, Singapore173 contributions
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My suggestion : if you're planning on doing Mt Hakodate via the Ropeway, give yourself that extra hour plus, and walk around the Motomachi area. It's a nice, peaceful, if not zen-like setting, amidst the autumnal Colours that are breaking out now. The old, preserved houses, the various Churches and the official buildings all make for an interesting walk within this historical quarter.
Written October 10, 2017
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OngA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia36 contributions
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The walk around Motomachi was breathtaking. Every spot is worthwhile for photo shoot. Albeit you have to walk up a few hills, but the view and unique architectural buildings make it worth every sweat. There are always a good stop to enjoy some small snacks of ice cream or cream puff. Some of the highlights will include the municipal building, the churches, temples, etc. A must visit for everyone, but you need some walking here to enjoy it.
Written November 15, 2016
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yijiaa2016
Singapore93 contributions
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Went on 8 May 2016. We boarded a bus at Bus Station No. 4 bound for motomachi bay area. You can find out the different buses bound for many different attractions available in Hakodate by googling Hakodate Bus and find the search result with UU-Hokkaido. It's pretty worth it if you get the one-day bus only pass at the bus station in the bus terminal in front of Hakodate Station if you're planning to go many other places. Using this pass, other than motomachi bay area, I also visited Goryokaku Park and Trappistine Convent, and also saw the night view up on Mt Hakodate.

I had planned to follow the walking route on the Hakodate City Walking Map. (You can easily find the walking route by googling "hakodate city walking map". It's a pdf.)

We alighted at the Kyu-Igirisu Ryoujikan Mae (in front of Old British Consulate) stop and visited the attractions: Old British Consulate, Motomachi Park, Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, Hakodate Orthodox Church, Hachiman-zaka slope, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses and Hakodate Meijikan. Spent about two hours walking. During the walk, we bought a ticket to go into the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward because it looked really grand from the outside. But I think it's fine if you don't want to enter any of the buildings and just admire their architecture from the outside.

The Redbrick Warehouses have many different shops inside so its fun to browse. The Meijikan itself is a large shop too. The Hachiman-zaka slope apparently is a famous slope featured in some television drama. The rest are just different historical buildings with interesting architecture.

Great way to spend a couple of hours walking around and enjoy the scenery and architecture!
Written June 13, 2016
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Clo_Travel_The_World
Hong Kong, China122 contributions
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You see a few churches with western design, but honestly nothing special. If you have a lot of spare time, then yea give it a go.
Written December 15, 2015
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Windmills-and-Sushi
Cotonou, Benin25 contributions
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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 a cup of coffee here and enjoy the charming interior, which includes their home-made pottery collection) and the Ainu Art shop are also along this street and they are well worth a visit.

That said these are the remains of Hakodate's claim to fame as the first port city which after Commodore M. Perry's visit in 1854 opened to foreign trade and saw, for the next few years, an influx of foreigners.
Written May 9, 2013
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