Hakodate Magistrate's Office, Hakodate

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A star-shaped fort protects Hakodate Magistrate's Office, used as a government building when Japan gave up its isolationist policy and started to open up to the world in the mid-19th century. Now a museum enclosed by maple trees, two centuries ago the structure served as a diplomatic and bureaucratic center of the shogunate. Take a guided tour and roam through the minimalist rooms, designed in the typical Japanese style. Leaflets and info boards provide useful details for English-speaking visitors. Use our Hakodate trip planner to visit Hakodate Magistrate's Office on your trip to Hakodate, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Magpie Japanese-style building must come to visit, even though only 1/3 of the original, but the construction process is very careful, you can understand the history of Wu-Guo, very worthy of a visit.
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  • Just before sunset, we went up to the tower to kill time. Here is Subarashii I understand the background of the Goryokaku Well, you should not touch the wonderfulness of Japanese architecture again, but you can take a closer look around the inside of the building.
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  • Price: 500¥ (4€/4$/3'5£)/ half for students Visit time: 20min/40min (with a video) There are not a lot of objects in display, the most interesting part is a video (only japanese; ~17min) and the info explaning the construction of the building. The rest of the exposition is information about the history of the Goryokaku citadel, Hakodatecity Hakodate's battle but is not really extense. If you are not interested in the history of the city and Hokkaido is something you can skip.
  • Beautiful old traditional Japanese building in the middle of Goryokaku Park. There is a small museum exhibition inside but it costs ¥500 to enter.
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