Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

Historical Monument
The Old Public Hall was completed in 1910 and constructed at a total cost of 58,000 yen, 50,000 yen of which was donated by Mr. Teppei Soma, a leading Hokkaido businessman. The building is impressive with its blue and yellow coloring and symmetrical colonial style. It is also famous for being the dormitory of Emperor Taisho when he was the Crown Prince. In 1974 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Suehiro-cho” tram stop.

Spot details

Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13
[Apr.--Octo.] [Tuesday-Friday] 9:00-18:00 [Saturday-Monday] 9:00-19:00 [Nov.--Mar.] 9:00-17:00
12/31-1/3, may be temporarily closed
[Admission fee] General300yen, Student/Student/Children 150yen * Group (20 people and above) fee Friday available * Admission ticket available for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th buildings
Parking Lot
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Credit Card
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Available (Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
* Closed from 10 Monday 2018 to 4 Monday 2021 due to preservation and repair work
Average budget
[Day] 1-1,000yen [Night] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Under construction
    1.0 Reviewed:2019.09.20
    It looks so beautiful in photographs and was so disappointed to see the building under wraps and closed for construction.
  • Although close, the views and sites around this place is still worth it
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.12.16
    Although its closed for upkeep due to earthquake, this area is still very much the place to go to with its surrounding areas full of history and beautiful sites to walk around such as the old...
  • Following the earthquake on September 6th, 2018, they have announced that the public hall will be closed for three years
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.10.18
    The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward is situated further up from Motomachi Park. This American colonial style two story building was constructed in 1910 after the former public hall was lost in the...

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