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[Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate] Chuch Group Goes Well with Temple and Shrine group, So That Creates Good Scenery

June 28th, 2017

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).

Motomachi From Mt. Hakodate
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Orthodox Church
函館の元町宗教エリア
Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple and Nijukken-zaka Slope
函館の元町宗教エリア
St.John's Church Hakodate
函館の元町宗教エリア
Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church
函館の元町宗教エリア
Hakodate Church
函館の元町宗教エリア
Old Soma Residence
函館
Funadama Shrine
函館
Barber Sato
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Ordinary Private House Is Cool, Too
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Alley Has Good Old Atmosphere
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

There are a lot of restaurants at the Motomachi, and famous restaurants such as Carl Raymon Museum (カール・レイモン 歴史展示館) that is famous for sausages and Gotoken Head Office Restaurant Sekkatei (五島軒本店 レストラン雪河亭) open a business. I visited the Gotoken Head Office Restaurant Sekkatei to eat curry and rice, and it was tasty. 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.

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 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. Article is here

Motomachi Park
Motomachi Park in Hakodate

Curry and Rice of Gotoken

Restaurant Sekkatei (レストラン雪河亭) is a long-established Western-style restaurant at Gotoken Head Office (五島軒本店) in Suehiro-cho, Hakodate city and was founded in 1879. Russian meal and French meal were served originally, but curry and rice was added their's menu lineup at that time, too. The curry and rice had won popularity, and it has become a synonym for Gotoken now. Article is here

Curry and Rice
Rice and Curry with 2 Kind of Curry Sauces -Gotoken Restaurant Sekkatei in 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 Motomachi Religion Area

In Hakodate 19 slopes, Popular slopes are concentrated in the Motomachi Religion Area. The Nijukken-zaka Slope is an asphalt-paved slope with 20 ken in width. "ken" of Nijukken is old basic unit, and 20 ken are a road with about 36m in width to convert from ken to meter. The origin of the name is like Shizunai Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (静内二十間道路). There are the Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple that is well-known for a large building and Gotoken (五島軒) that is well-known for the curry and rice along the slope.

Nijukken-zaka Slope
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

The Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple is a Jodo‐Shin sect temple estblished in 1641, and was rebuilt in 1915. The large building that is famous as the Japan's first concrete temple catch people's eyes. Visitors can have a look.

Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Higashi Betsuin Shinshu Sect Otani School Hakodate Betsuin Temple
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

The Daisan-zaka Slope is a stone paved slope chosen as one of "the 100 Best Roads in Japan". The stone paved road goes well with roadside trees. There are the Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church, the St.John's Church Hakodate, the Orthodox Church and the Myofukuji Temple along the slope. In an autumn, fall foliage is beautiful. A part of the narrow slope is named "Chacha-Nobori Slope (チャチャ登り)", and the Chacha means "Old Man" in Ainu language, and the Nobori means "Going up" in Japanese. People like a bending down old man must go up the slope, and it means the slope is very steep. By the way, here is a photogenic place for newly‐married couples.

Daisan-zaka Slope
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Chacha-Nobori Slope
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
A Lot of Newly‐Married Couples Take a Photo Here
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

The Yahata-zaka slope is a stone paved slope with an ocean view, and is one of the best photogenic spot in the 19 slopes of the Hakodate. NIKKEI STYLE says that it wins the first place in "Must Visit Bset Slope in Japan". I think that it is a wonderful result to win Sannen-zaka Slope (三年坂) in Kyoto prefecture and Oranda-zaka (オランダ坂) in Nagasaki prefecture, most famous slopes. Here is also popular as a shooting place, and the slope used by Japanese TV commercial "Charmy Green" is called "The Slope of Charmy Green (チャーミーグリーンの坂)", too. Japanese movies "Little DJ" and "The Night of Whirlwind Restaurant" use here as a shooting place, and Love Live! Sunshine!!, a popular anime, uses here as a motif.

Hachiman-zaka Slope
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Stone Pavement
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

Movie of Japanese TV commercial "Charmy Green"

The Orthodox Church is the oldest Greek Church in Japan, and has been designed as an important cultural property. It was built as a chapel for Russian consulate in 1858. But it was destroyed by a fire in 1907. Current Holy Resurrection Cathedral (主の復活聖堂), a byzantine architecture building and a Russian building, was rebuilt in 1916. Because a tone of a bell is beautiful, it was chosen as one of "100 Best Soundscapes in Japan". This church is also called "Gan Gan Dera (ガンガン寺)", and it means the beautiful tone. As for entering the building, admission fee is JPY 200. The buildings is lit up in the early evening.

Entrance of Orthodox Church
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Look of Orthodox Church
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Monument of St. Nicholas
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Orthodox Church Is Lit up
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

In the Hakodate, the St.John's Church Hakodate started spreading their sect in 1874. The shape of the church is very cool, and goes well with the downtown of the Hakodate. I thought that this building had been since a very long time ago, but it was built in 1979, so it is modern design. The shape of a roof from the top is a corss, so I think that it is an elaborately designed building. A building designer is Mr. Haruo Komukai (小向春夫). There are a pipe organ at the church with stained-glass windows. Visitors can have a look from May 1 to November 3.

Entrance of St.John's Church Hakodate
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
St.John's Church Hakodate
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Heaven's Small Garden
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

The Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church is the origin that Mr. Eugène-Emmanuel Mermet-Cachon, a French missionary, spreaded their sect in 1859. Current church made of bricks was built as a Gothic cathedral in 1924. Visitors can have a look.

Entrance of Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Roof of Catholic Hakodate Motomachi Church
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
View from Top of Chacha-Nobori Slope
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate
Myofukuji Temple
Motomachi Religion Area in Hakodate

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)
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)
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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)
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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
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