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Motomachi Catholic Church, Hakodate

#6 of 58 in Historic Sites in Hakodate
Church · Religious Site
Take a stroll overlooking the ocean and admire the colorful interior of Motomachi Catholic Church, a serene place of worship founded by French missionaries. Originally built in 1877, the current-day neo-Gothic building with its towering 33 m (108 ft) white belfry dates back to 1924. Light passing through stained glass windows gives a colorful, spiritual feel to the interior, which features a magnificent altar donated by the pope. Check the schedule of this church--one of the oldest in Japan--as you can't enter during ceremonies and services. Make Motomachi Catholic Church a centerpiece of your Hakodate vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hakodate holiday planner.
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  • Walk up the Daisan Zaka slope and you will see this Motomachi Catholic Church which was started by a French missionary with a temporary church hall in 1867. You will see a rooster at the top of the....  more »
  • We attended Mass her on Sunday morning. The congregation was very welcoming. Church is old, small and chilly. You will need to remove your shoes to enter so make sure you have warm, clean socks!  more »
  • With great serenity and beautiful surroundings outside the church. So peacefully situated in the motomachi historic area.
  • A rare and beautiful structure within Japan. It was a shame that it wasn't open for me to enter in order to admire the architecture or to worship.

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