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[Motomachi Park in Hakodate] Fine View Can Be Savored at Old Center of Hokkaido

June 27th, 2017

Motomachi Park

Motomachi Park (元町公園) is a park at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and is built on the hillside with a fine view. Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the park. Hakodate Magistrate Office (箱館奉行所) and Hokkaido Development Commission (開拓使) used to be built here. The Motomachi Park is well-known as a place naming after the name of the Hakodate, and Mr. Masamichi Kono (河野政通), a vassal of Mr. Masasue Ando (安東政季), built Usukeshi-Kono-kan (宇須岸河野館), a small fort, around here in 1454, and the shape of the building was like a box, so around the land was called "Hako-date". * The box means "Hako (箱)" and the building means "Yakata (館)" in Japanese, and the Yakata has some different readings such as the Yakata, the Kan, Tachi and Tate, so "Date" is a voiced sound. Edo Shogunate decided to open Hakodate Port together with Shimoda Port (下田港) in 1854, then the Hakodate energize exchanged with other countries. In the later Edo period, around here turned into area under direct control of the shogun, and it used to be the political and diplomatic center of the Hokkaido. It is said that here is closely related to history of the Hokkaido. Admission free. There are Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア), Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸) around the Motomachi Park, too.

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Former Soma Residence
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Motoi-zaka Slope
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Former British Consulate
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

Hakodate Illumination (はこだてイルミネーション) is held from December to February, and Light Garden (ひかりのガーデン) is held only in a day, mid February, and Hakodate World Music and Dance Festival (はこだて国際民俗芸術祭) is held between 7days in early August. 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.

Hakodate Illumination
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

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

Motomachi Religion Area

Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア) is between a ropeway station and Motomachi Park (元町公園) at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and different religions, example for a church group such as Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会), Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church (カトリック元町教会), St.John's Church Hakodate (函館聖ヨハネ教会) and Hakodate Church (日本基督教団函館教会), or a temple group such as Myofukuji Temple (妙福寺) and Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple (東別院大谷派函館院), or Funadama Shrine (船魂神社), are built along Nijukken-zaka Slope (二十間坂), Daisan-zaka Slope (大三坂), Hachiman-zaka Slope (八幡坂) and Hiyori-zaka Slope (日和坂). Japanese historical buildings suh as Old Soma Residence (旧相馬邸), Hakodate City Museum of Local History (市立函館博物館郷土資料館) and Barber Sato (佐藤理容院) are built along stone pavements, so those go well with views from the top of the slopes. The area is the center of Motomachi Sightseeing along with Motomachi park (元町公園). Article is here

St.John's Church Hakodate
函館の元町宗教エリア

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂) is a Western-style 2-story wooden building at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and is built beside Motomachi Park on the hillside with a fine view. Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the building. A meeting hall for local people destroyed by fire was rebuilt in 1910, and has been designed as a nationally important cultural property. The appearance of the symmetrical colonial-style building colored with blue-gray color and whitish-yellow color is very beautiful, and catches people'e eyes. Not only colorness but also detailed sculptures are fine, so building techniques mixed Japanese-style with Western-style are worth seeing. Admission fee is JPY 300. Photography is allowed. There are Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), Motomachi Religion Area (元町宗教エリア), the Motomachi Park (元町公園), Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸) around here, too. Article is here

Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

Former British Consulate

Former British Consulate (旧イギリス領事館) is a Western-style 2-story brick building at the foot of Mt. Hakodate (函館山) located in the south part of Hakodate city, and faces Motoi-zaka Slope (基坂) and Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸), and is nearby Motomachi Park (元町公園) and Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward (旧函館区公会堂). Suehiro-cho Stop (末広町駅) of Hakodate Streetcar is relatively close to the building. The consulate was also opened as French Consulate in 1859, and was the 3rd oldest foreign consulate after United States Consulate and Russia Consulate in the Hakodate. Old buildings were destroyed by fire several times, and the current building built in 1913 was restored as a memorial building in 1992. Rose Garden and Afternoon Tea have a good reputation, and here is popular with British fans. Admission fee for Consul’s Office and Historical Exhibition Room is JPY 300. Photography is allowed. Article is here

Former British Consulate
Former British Consulate

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 Motomachi Park

Old Hokkaido Branch Office of Hokkaido Government (旧北海道庁函館支庁庁舎 * Motomachi Tourist Information Office), Old Colonial Commission Archive (函館支庁書籍庫), Statues of the 4 Hakodate Greatest People (函館四天王像), a public restroom and benches are built at the site. As for the Four Hakodate Greatest Peoples, they are Mr. Ichiuemon Imai (今井市右衛門), Mr. Bunuemon Hirata (平田文右衛門), Mr. Kumashiro Watanabe (渡辺熊四郎) and Mr. Tokizo Hiratsuka (平塚時蔵), and used their own funds on developing the Hakodate, so Mr. Tamemoto Tokito (時任為基), a politician, named them Four Hakodate Greatest People. Mr. Tokito Saburo (時任三郎), a famous actor, is his great-grandchild. The park is well-kept, and seasonal flowers are beautiful. A lot of tourists sometimes take a rest on the way when they stroll through the Motomachi. The site is not large, so it takes about 30 minutes to look around on foot.

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Azalea
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

The Old Hokkaido Branch Office of Hokkaido Government is a Western-style wooden building built in 1909. The old building was destroyed by fire. Light Mint green colored appearance reminds me of Meiji High Collar. The building is Hokkaido municipally designated tangible cultural property, and is used as the Motomachi Tourist Information Office at present, so everybody can enetr for free. Hakodate City Museum of Photographic History (函館市写真歴史館) used to be opened on the 2nd floor, but it is closed down now.

Old Hokkaido Branch Office of Hokkaido Government
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

The Old Colonial Commission Archive is a brick archive built to protect administrative documents from fire in 1880 because a lot of the fire occurred in the Hakodate in the old days. Year of manufacture is engraved on the surface of the bricks. The building is Hokkaido municipally designated tangible cultural property. Unfortunately, it does not open to the public. Only the appearance can be seen.

Old Colonial Commission Archive
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
View from Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
View from Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate
Statues of 4 Hakodate Greatest Peoples
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Motomachi Park Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Motomachi Park

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A pay parking lot is provided. *The sightseeing parking is free.
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
Mapcode 86 040 497*85

List of Events

At the Motomachi park, the events are held in a winter or a summer.

Movie of Hakodate Illumination

Movie of Hakodate World Music and Dance Festival

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.

広告

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)
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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)
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East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
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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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