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[Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery in Hakodate] Nice Ocean View Can Be Enjoyed at Good Place to See Sunset

June 30th, 2017

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery (函館外国人墓地) is a cemetery at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) in the western edge of Hakodate, and is well-known for dividing into 3 cemetery sections, Russian Cemetery section, Chinese Cemetery section and Protestant Cemetery section. It is said that an origin of the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery was 2 crewmen buried here in 1854 when Admiral Matthw C Perry (ペリー提督) visited the Hakodate. This place seemed to be chosen as the cemetery because an ocean view was very good on a small hill. Here is also famous as a good place to the beautiful sunset. Admission free.

Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Sunset from Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

A public restroom is built at the site. An one-way road is narrow. A parking lot is not provided near here. A patrol car sometimes patrols to crackdown on illegal parking. A cafe such as Cafe Morie (カフェ・モーリエ) and Tea Shop Yuhi (ティーショップ夕日) are popular because the location is good. Japanese movie "Night of Shooting Star (星に願いを。)" used the Cafe Morie as a shooting place. By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate.

Tea Shop Yuhi (Former Hakodate Quarantine Office)
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo

Mt. Hakodate

Mt. Hakodate (函館山) is a range of mountains with 334 m in height in the west side of Hakodate city, and is general term of 13 mountains. Another name is Mt. Gagyu (臥牛山). The Mt. Hakodate used to be an island originally, but a sandbar grew on the sea, and the downtown of the Hakodate was built on the sandbar. A view of the Hakodate downtown has been famous since old days, and is one of the 3 best night views in the world together with Hongkong in China and Napoli in Italy. "A View from Mt. Hakodate" was given 3 stars in Michelin Green Guide Japon 2011. It features that world people rate "The View from the Mt. Hakodate" highly. In addition, it is also well-known as one of the 3 best night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Tengu in Otaru and Mt. Moiwa in Sapporo. After all, the night view is most popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Night View from Mt. Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Look of Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Here is called "Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery", but in reality, there are a lot of sects divided into each cemeteries in the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery, so it may be said "Cemetery Ginza * Ginza means busy or gather in Japanese". Except graves, I am interested in some private houses stood side by side. It was said that the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery was one of major haunted place in Hokkaido when I was a student. But the rumor might not be true because of many private houses around the cemetery. Koryuji Temple (高龍寺), a famous temple, is in front of an entrance, and except 3 cemetery sections, there are Japanese Christian Cemetery (キリスト教日本人墓地), Cemetery of Jizoji Temple (地蔵寺の墓地), Cemetery for Feudal Retainers of Nabu Domain (南部藩の墓), Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres Cemetery (シャルトル聖パウロ修道女会墓地 * Catholic Cemetery (カトリック墓地)) and Orthodox Church Cemetery (ハリストス正教会墓地) at the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery, and Hakodate Koseiin Cemetery (函館厚生院墓地) is a little far away.

Koryuji Temple
函館の外国人墓地

In 1633, the Koryuji Temple was founded by Mr. Banshitsu Horyu (盤室芳龍) as a branch temple of Soto school Hogen-ji Temple (曹洞宗法源寺) in Matsumae. It is the oldest temple in the Hakodate. A building was destroyed by Great Hakodate Fire (函館大火). But it was moved to this place, and a main building was built in 1900. 10 buildings have been designed as registered tangible cultural properties, and especially, the main gate of the temple is famous. Detailed sculptures made by Mr. Atsusaburo Hara (原篤三郎) and Mr. Kuroji Kaneko (金子九郎次) from Echigo Domain (越後) are high quality. In addition, they own Shaka Nehan-zu (釈迦涅槃図 * painting of Buddha nirvana) that is considered as the master piece of Mr. kakigzaki Hakyo (蠣崎波響). The precinct is open to the public. Admission free.

Entrance of Foreign General Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

The Chinese Cemetery surrounded by brick walls is named "Chukasan-so (中華山荘)". An origin of the Chinese Cemetery is that Chinese people has been rented land from early-Meiji administrative unit for Hokkaido (開拓使) to bury Chinese people in 1976. It is the only cemetery that tourists can enter freely among the 3 cemeteries. Some tombstones are built at the site, but the scale is the smallest among the 3 cemeteries. I am interested in a private house at the site. The Chinese Cemetery is maneged by an overseas Chinese, so perhaps the private house is a family concerned with the overseas Chinese.

Look of Chinese Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Look of Chinese Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

The Russian Cemetery is managed by Orthodox Church. An entrance gate is closed. There are 43 graves at present. The oldest grave is that Mr. George Borikekovic, a mate of Russian screw frigate Askold, has been buried since 1859. Mrs. Goshkevich (初代領事ゴシケーヴィチ夫人), a wife of the first Russian consul in Hakodate, and Mr. Vissarion Sartov (ヴィサリオン・サルトフ), a teacher at the National School in Hakodate were buried, too.

Look of Russian Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Look of Russian Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

At present, there are 40 graves of the German Vice-Consul Haber (ドイツ代理領事ハーバー) and the Denmark Consul Duus (デンマーク領事デュース) as well as 2 crewmen, Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Remick, that have been buried by the Admiral Matthw C Perry at the Protestant Cemetery. An entrance gate is closed. Various-shaped tombstones are lined. Although it is named "Foreign General Cemetery", some Christian Japanese people were also entombed here.

Protestant Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Look of Protestant Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Look of Protestant Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Japanese Christian Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Cemetery for Feudal Retainers of Nabu Domain
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Public Restroom
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Tea Shop Yuhi (Former Hakodate Quarantine Office)
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Grave of Extra Edition Newspaper Distributor (天下の号外屋翁の墓) is built at the Hakodate Koseiin Cemetery. In a calm atmosphere, a red tombstone catches people's eyes. An Extra Edition Newspaper Distributor is Mr. Sukeharu Shinano (信濃助治). He came to the Hakodate in all red clothes in 1894, and opened a newspaper office, and distributed newspapers in all the red clothes. He left a will to paint his tombstone red. I thought here is not famous, but there is a signboard to explain about him.

Hakodate Koseiin Cemetery
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Grave of Extra Edition Newspaper Distributor
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

The center of the Hakodate used to be around Funami-Cho (船見町) when the Japan opened Hakodate Port. A place written "Yamasedomari (山背泊)" is around the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery at the lower left of a photo below. There are Shomyoji Temple (称名寺), Jitsugyoji Temple (実行寺) and Jogenji Temple (浄玄寺) at the Funami-cho, and those are relatively near the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery. A lot of Yukaku (遊郭 * Brothel) were built around there, and dead prostitutes at Yamonoue-Asobimeya Brothel (山之上遊女屋) were mounted for at Jizoji Temple located in the Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery, and Umuryoento Monument (有無両縁塔) was built for their souls.

Carpet of Former British Consulate
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Shomyoji Temple
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Jitsugyoji Temple
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Higashi-Honganji Temple Hakodate Branch (Former Jogenji Temple)
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery
Former Russian Consulate
Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Atmosphere of Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hakodate Foreign General Cemetery

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-138-21-3323
Home page Home page is here

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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South Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
HP
Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
Jalan
Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
Jalan
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
HP
Rakuten
Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
HP
Jalan
HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
HP
Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
HP
Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
HP
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
HP
Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
Booking
Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
Booking
Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
Booking
SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
Booking
Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
Booking
THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
Booking
Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
Booking
Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
HP
Booking
Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
HP
Booking
Jalan

North Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
HP
Jalan
Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
HP
Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
HP
Jalan
Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
Booking
Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
Booking
Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
Booking
Fellow House(フェローハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
HP
Booking
Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
Booking
Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
Booking
Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
Booking

East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
Booking
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
Booking
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
Booking
Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
Booking
Shinmatsu(新松)
Rakuten
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
Booking
Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
Booking
Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
La Cachette(ラカシェット)
Jalan
Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
Booking
Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
Booking
Rakuten
Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com

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