Shimonoseki Former British Consulate

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Shimonoseki Former British Consulate

Shimonoseki Former British Consulate
3.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The British Consulate in Shimonoseki was opened at 26 Akama-cho on September 1901 following a report by Sir Ernest Mason Satow, the then British Minister to Japan. It was the first consulate established in Shimonoseki. Originally, a small Japanese-style building formerly used as a store was converted for use as the temporary British Consulate. A new consulate was built at the present location in December 1906. The consulate was used by successive consuls until 1922 and later by acting consuls who took charge of consular affairs instead. The consulate was closed towards the end of 1940 due to the worsening relationship between Japan and Britain.
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,702 contributions
Lovely Brick Building and Free to Visit
Sep 2020
In Shimonoseki, near the fish market and wharf are a few Western-style buildings. The former British Consulate is one of the buildings that still stands today. You can enter the building, free of charge and view the few rooms open to the public. There are a few artifacts on display with information (in English). The upstairs is a cafe and there is a small gift shop inside as well. I felt the exterior is more impressive with the beautiful brick architecture. Touring the inside won't take but 15 minutes, but I feel it is worth stopping by.
Written September 7, 2020
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すらんぼ3
Shimonoseki, Japan594 contributions
Former British Consulate in Shimonoseki 旧下関英国領事館
Apr 2020
There are several traditional western-style buildings in Shimonoseki. This building is one of them, and was constructed in 1906. The Union Jack is hoisted during daytime. On the second floor, we can enjoy meals and tea feeling the unique atmosphere different from ordinary buildings.
下関にはいくつか伝統的な西洋風の建物があります。これはそのうちの一棟で、1906年に建築されました。日中は、英国国旗が掲揚されています。2階では、普通の建物とは違った独特の雰囲気の中で、食事とお茶を楽しむことができます。
Written April 8, 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,151 contributions
Beautiful brick construction
Dec 2019 • Solo
Thanks to its strategic location and its importance as an international port, Shimonoseki once was very important. That’s why British consulate was installed in this city. Unfortunately it was closed on the day I was there. But it was even worth taking pictures from outside.
Written December 29, 2019
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,514 contributions
I like those elegant old style buildings
Jan 2019 • Solo
Nice looking old western style buildings near Karato Bus Stop
including this one. Please see those before going to Karato Market or Kamon wharf.
Written January 27, 2019
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
Magnificent brick building painstakingly renovated!
Apr 2018 • Solo
As a British expatriate who has lived in South Korea for 15-years, it was only natural that I would pay a visit to the Shimonoseki Former British Consulate when visiting the area for a few days.
Designated an 'Important Cultural Property' by the Government, the magnificent brick building (built 1901) has been painstakingly renovated by Shimonoseki City over a 5 1/2-year period (2009 ~ 2014), for which the local authority deserves all the credit.
Externally, I particularly liked the "crow-steps" to the false gable above the main entrance .... very period! Inside, the rooms are furnished with appropriate period furniture and a visit to excellent 'Restaurant Liz' upstairs is a must!
Written September 5, 2018
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OISEAU_K
Seoul, South Korea1,646 contributions
Good to look around for historical reason
Sep 2017 • Solo
It was fun to visit a place which was used as a consulate in the past. It shows that Shimonoseki was gate for trades and transport between Western countries and Japan in those times. Anyway it is just a building. It is meaningful to be there.
Written September 21, 2017
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dpck
Singapore17 contributions
Former British Consulate, Shimonoseki - closed ... but not known
During History lessons back in school many years ago, I learnt about the Treaty of Shimomoseki. At that time, it was just something to be learnt and talked about during an examination.

Recently, my son and I took a holiday in Chugoku, western Honshu, Japan and our route took us quite close to Shimonoseki.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to finally see Shimonoseki. So, we made an overnight stop there.

Unfortunately, I did not check TripAdvisor before we left, although I did read the Lonely Planet Guide and checked several Japanese websites (in English). (I did check TripAdvisor upon our return, but could not find "Former British Consulate, Shimonoseki" in the list of attractions). I was happy to learn that there is a Former British Consulate in Shimonoseki.

We used an automated travel guide at the Shimonoseki JR Station, to find out how to get there by bus. The machine dutifully gave us a printout on the attraction, with the necessary instructions to get there.

We got to Karato-cho by bus, found two other attractions but had a hard time locating the Former British Consulate. When we finally found it, we understood why we were initially unable to find it - it is totally shrouded - the place is undergoing major renovations.

Notices are in Japanese, and I recognised the building only by a photograph.

Thus, this is not a review of the building, but it is intended to inform would-be visitors regarding the closure of the attraction - but now, this information is available on TripAdvisor :)

Thank you!

D Cheong
Singapore
Written November 2, 2010
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