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“Magnificent old building”

The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Ranked #9 of 180 things to do in Hakodate
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

This magnificent building dominates the top of the hill and is worth the climb up! You must take your shoes off to enter as much of the flooring is original. There are many rooms to visit and the English explanation in the handout pamphlet is more than adequate. A lot of the original furniture and features have been kept and restored so you are able to get a good feel of how the building worked in its heyday. As an unexpected bonus, many Japanese young ladies come to the hall to dress up in Meiji period costume. Their squeals of delight as they became a princess for an hour were a joy to behold

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is well worth a visit. The whole area is full of historic buildings which together evoke the feeling of an earlier/smaller Hakodate. From the Old Public Hall you also get a beautiful view of the nearby harbour area. Allow for about an hour to an hour and a half to visit the area.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

It was pretty inside out. It was hard to walk up the hill in December as some parts were super icy, so be careful if you are visiting during the winter time.

You get a student discount, so bring your student ID!

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Just a short walk up from Perry's Square, is the grand old timber building of the Old Public Hall painted in Grey and Yellow, a congenial blend of Japanese and Western cultures. We did not enter the building due to rushing to view Mount Hakodate before dusk set. The signage at the gate of the building states "Concert in Old Public Hall" - Hakodate Ensemble Lab Concert 2013. Overall a lovely view of Hakodate city and harbour area from the lawn which are lined with blooming flowers in the garden,

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

On the top of a hill, this old restored building is a delight. When I visited there were lots of Japanese young ladies in courtly dress having their photos taken in this regal magnificent hill top location. One could imagine the views the dignitaries had from the veranda overlooking hakkodate bay. Evocative

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