Colonial Style building and High-Collar Cosplay -Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall in Hakodate-
June 27th, 2017
Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall (旧函館区公会堂) is a western style 2-story wooden building at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) and was built for a meeting place of local people in 1910, and was designated as a nationally important cultural property. A symmetrical colonial style (コロニアルスタイル) building is colored with blue-gray color and whitish-yellow color and is decorated with detailed sculptures. It is very beautiful, and catches eyes. In addition, it is known for shooting a cosplay photo. At high-collar dress photo studio (ハイカラ衣装館), visitors can change from their clothers into dress of the Meiji period (明治時代) or Taisho period (大正時代) and can enjoy an atomosphere of those days. Rental dress is JPY 1000. Making up is JPY 1000. Admission is charged. Photography Allowed. There are Motomachi Park (元町公園), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma House (旧相馬邸) near Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall.
There are VIP room, Hall, Office, Drawing Room, etc at the building. The building was under repair for the royalty in Meiji period, and each room is decorated with marble fireplaces and mantelpiece tiles, U-shaped chandeliers or S-shaped chandeliers and plant pattern (Art Nouveau) wallpapers made in foreign country. Those seemed to be considerably expensive, and the building had every luxury imaginable in those days. The gulf of Hakodate (函館湾) and the Motomachi Park from a deck terrace are very comfortable, and an air of luxury can be enjoyed. By the way, I was interested in restrooms for the royalty. Thosea were almost same as restrooms of Ryuunkaku (龍雲閣), so the restroom for the royalty might be standardize in the those days.
Atmosphere of Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 300. Children: JPY 150.|
|Parking lot||A pay parking lot is provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.|
|Business hours||From April to October 09:00-19:00
From November to March 09:00-17:00
|Regular closing day||Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||86 040 464*77|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Former Hakodate Ward Public Hall.
|Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)|
|Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)|
|Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)|
|Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)|
A page of Hakodate is here