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Cluster of Western Churches in Motomachi, Hakodate and Semi-Western Architectures

函館元町の西洋教会群と和洋折衷建築物

Streetscape of Motomachi of Hakodate City full of historical buildings still in use.

Autumn, Culture, Sights, Spring, Summer, Winter

Motomachi of Hakodate City is a highly attractive area with an exotic ambience due to rows of buildings built with Hakodate’s unique mixture of western and Japanese cultures. Churches built side by side along the stone-paved street are lit up at night, giving an even more solemn atmosphere. The semi-western buildings are still used as a coffee shops and general stores. The streetscape with unchanged old buildings being utilized to this day contributes greatly to the attractiveness of Hakodate.

Moreover, trees that symbolize the season such as cherry blossoms and Japanese maples are planted all over Motomachi of Hakodate City, pleasing the eyes of the visitors.