The Historic Hakodate Waterfront (and Hotel New Hakodate)

Red Brick Warehouse II

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses 金森赤ンガー倉庫

The Port and Historic Waterfront in Hakodate also contains a high concentration of historic buildings from the city’s Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, and is well-worth a walk. The highlight of the historic Waterfront is the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses – which have been transformed into a lifestyle / F & B shopping precinct today. But there are many more historic landmarks – former residences, civic/government buildings, museums and even an erstwhile Grand Hotel – the Hotel New Hakodate, shuttered permanently and of which there is very little information.  Here also, are many instances of historic East-West commercial architecture.

The best way to take in this architecture is to stroll along the street just parallel to the waterfront.  Start at the Tachikawa Family Residence 太刀川家住宅 just off Tokiwa-zaka 常盤坂 road and head southeast till you reach a quaint little shop called Joe’s Cafe, turn right and take the street just parallel to the one you were just on.  The street-car goes along this street. Follow the street till you reach Nijikkenzaka-dori 二十軒坂取り. Head east on the latter till you reach the final landmark, which is the former Meiji-era Post Office.

This gallery presents the chief landmarks along the way, and concludes my sojourn in Hakodate (and this postscript to The Grand Tour II).

Tachikawa Family residence

The Tachikawa Family Residence (1901). note the very cute Japanese-Western style building that stands just to the left.

Japanese Architecture I

East-West Architecture.

Port Offices

Former Port Offices.

Old Hakodate Nishi Police Station Bldg

Old Nishi Police Station Headquarters

Kobayashi Photostudio

Historic Kobayashi Photostudio.

Joes Cafe

Joe’s Cafe.

Former Customs House

Former Customs House.

Museum of Northern PEoples

Museum of Northern Peoples.

Museum of Literature

Museum of Literature

Police Station

Police Station

Document Museu of Northern History

Documentary Museum of Northern History.

Hotel New Hakodate III

Hotel New Hakodate – possibly the city’s grand hotel (thought there is very little information on it.)

Hotel NEw Hakodate II

Close-up of Hotel New Hakodate Logo.

Hotel New Hakodate I

Hotel New Hakodate.

City Museum Annex

Annex to the Museum of the City.

Japanese ARchitecture III

Commercial Architecture.

Japanese Architecture IV

Commercial Architecture.

Japanese ARchitecture II

Commercial Architecture.

Old Pier

The historic (original) Pier.

Japanese Architecture V

Commercial Architecture near the Red Brick Warehouses.

Japanese Architecture VI

Commercial Architecture near the Red Brick Warehouses.

REd Brick Warehouses

Red Brick Warehouses again…

Former General Post Office

…and finally, the former General Post Office, built in the Meiji-era (1911).




About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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