To go to Motomachi, the historical district, let’s get on a tram at Hakodate Station and get off at Suehiro-cho Station. One of Hakodate’s charms is attractive hills and slopes. When you go up Motoi-zaka Slope, passing the Old British Consulate of Hakodate on the left side, you soon reach Motomachi Park. This is a park built on the place where the Hakodate magistrate’s office and Hokkaido Development Commissioner office from the Meiji to early Showa era (the 19th to early 20th century) were located. The park is home to the former Branch Office of the Hokkaido Government, which is now used as Motomachi Tourist Center of Hakodate City on the first floor and Hakodate City Museum of Photographic History on the second floor.
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, located next to Motomachi Park, is a representative wooden Western-style building built in 1910 and is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The reception room embellished with marble and gorgeous furnishings is well worth seeing. You can get a sweeping view of the sea from Hachiman-zaka Slope and many films, dramas and TV commercials have been shot there. The top of the slope is the best place for a bird’s-eye of Hakodate Port.
Motomachi is home to the Russian Orthodox Church, which is the oldest Greek Orthodox Church in Japan, Motomachi Roman Catholic Church, which is a Gothic Roman Catholic church, Hakodate Episcopal Church, which is an Episcopal church famous for its cross-emulating architecture located on the middle part of the Chacha Slope, and several other churches. Several cafes command a fine view, and restaurants and souvenir shops based in buildings built between the late 19th century and the early 20th century also add flavor to the area. As you walk down on Nijukken-zaka Slope, enjoying views of the port, you will reach Hakodate Bay Area.
Tram Suehiro-cho Station
Motomachi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido