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Hakodate Magistrate's Office

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Good Museum for the Boshin War Buff

This former magistrate's office is a good small museum for the history buff, especially those who... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Seoul, South Korea
Surrounded by a beautiful garden

Certainly a place to visist as it adds to a very cultural tour of Japan. Steeped in history or just... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tracey N
Adelaide, Australia
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44-3 Goryokakucho, Hakodate 040-0001, Hokkaido
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Certainly a place to visist as it adds to a very cultural tour of Japan. Steeped in history or just to take in the well mannequin gardens, there is something for all here. The local pop up stalls detract a little but well worth a...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

This is a stunning example of a replica rebuild of an historic building. A small fee is paid to enter this large timber structure rebuilt using completely traditional methods Located in the middle of Goryokaku Park.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

While touring Hakodate we went to the Goryokaku Park and took the time to visit the Bugyosho . It was very interesting to see the complete restoration of this Magistarte's Office the construction methods , the materials and what the different rooms were used for...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

This former magistrate's office is a good small museum for the history buff, especially those who are interested in the Boshin War. It's nice that this is right in the middle of Goryokaku Park, a former fort.

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Hakodate Bugyosho, the old Magistrate building for Hakodate was the pre-Meiji era goverment building for the areas in Ezo (Hokkaido) inhabited by Japanese. The current building is a reconstruction of a part of the original, which was dismantled after the Boshin war. The reconstruction shows...More

2  Thank Heikki S
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

When my wife suggested that we visit this attraction, I was reluctant as I assumed that the ancient Hakodate Magistrate Administrative building will not be anything to write home about. I was therefore pleasantly surprised with this visit. What really impressed me was the design...More

4  Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Fascinating, great place to get an idea of the last great battle in the Japanese Civil War and to get a sense of the end of power for the Shogun Era in Japan. Totally worthwhile.

1  Thank antipodeannz
Reviewed 5 August 2016

If you are interested in Japanese architecture then this would be the ideal place to visit. With wooden frames and floor boards as well as the paper style walls and tatimi mats it has all you would expect from a Japanese style building. You can...More

3  Thank Brisbane41
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Nice historical place. An old Hakodate Magistrate. I'm into architecture so 500 yen entrance fee was no big deal. There's an English pamphlet explaining the building restoratiuon process and floorplan showing the rooms and the usage back then. It is a very good place to...More

1  Thank Andry0905
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Inside is very informative and gave a good sense how things used to be How the building was constructed was fascinating.

1  Thank janjoh
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