The Former Hakodate Branch Office of Hokkaido Government / Museum of Photography / Tourist Information(旧北海道函館支庁庁舎)

Former Hakodate branch office of Hokkaido Government
This place is written as [旧北海道函館支庁庁舎] in Japanese.
the entrance
the entrance

The Former Hakodate Branch Office of Hokkaido Government(旧北海道函館支庁庁舎) is located in Motomachi Park, below the former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward(旧函館区公会堂). This historic building was built in 1909, featuring entasis-style columns. It now houses Hakodate City Museum of Photography History(函館市写真歴史館) on the 2nd floor and Hakodate City Motomachi Tourist Information Office on the 1st floor.(函館市元町観光情報館).

document warehouse
document warehouse

There are about 300 items in the museum for photograph, such as old cameras and a plate of daguerreotype. Especially this daguerreotype is the oldest existing one in Japan which took Ishizuka Kanzo, Matsumae magistrate and his three attendants in 1854. This is so valuable and important historical item, then the displayed item is imitation and the real one is housed in the Hakodate City Museum(函館市立博物館). The red brick building just next is the document warehouse for Kaitakushi, Colonization Commission in the Meiji era. It is also a historical building.


  • Take a tram to Suehiro-cho(末広町) and 5 min walk.


April to Octover 9:00 – 19:00 November to March 9:00 – 17:00


Open all the year

Admission Fee: Hakodate City Museum of Photography History(函館市写真歴史館)

  • Adult: ¥200
  • Student: ¥100
  • A groupe more than 15 persons: 20% discount available


  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
  • The Former Soma Residence
  • Motomachi Park
  • Motomachi Roman Catholic Church
  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
  • Hakodate Episcopal Church of Japan
  • Foreigners’ Cemetery
  • Koryu-ji temple
  • Old Russian Consulate

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