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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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  • We visited this lovely building while staying in Hakodate. Set in a lovely park that is very historical. This is also the site of the Goryokaku Fort that was built back in the 1800s to protect the... 
    We visited this lovely building while staying in Hakodate. Set in a lovely park that is very historical. This is also the site of the Goryokaku Fort that was built back in the 1800s to protect the...  more »
  • Skilfully remade wooden building in the old style, lots to see, only about 1/3 in english but that's still a lot. 
    Skilfully remade wooden building in the old style, lots to see, only about 1/3 in english but that's still a lot.  more »
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  • It's 500 yen to get in. I think it was totally worth it. This is a reproduction of the previous magistrate's office which was torn down. It's a beautiful piece of architecture reminiscent of the buildings you see in samurai movies. You'll learn about Japanese design as well as the process they used to build the reproduction. It turns out they stayed as faithful as they could to the original building, including the masonry, the woods used, etc. The courtyard is also beautiful and the view of the outside gardens can't be beat. It's a nice break from walking around the park.
  • Good to know history of Hakodate (though it costs). Design and the smell of this building is full of traditional Japanese flavor.

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