The Former Hakodate Museum No.1&No.2

The Former Hakodate Museum No.1 and No.2 are the oldest museum made by Western wooden style in Japan. This is designated as Hokkaido tangible cultural property. The museum was built by Hokkaido Kaitakushi, Colonization Commission in 1879. An adviser of kaitakushi, Horace Capron insisted to have a museum for Hakodate city, then the #1 museum opened in 1879. No.1 museum was for displaying marine goods and No.2 museum for nature, archaeology, history, folklore as Ainu and arts. The museum had been opened until 1966. After that, the new museum was built near the old one. These two buildings are very beautiful and worth visiting.


  • in Hakodate Park
  • Take a tram to Aoyagi cho and 5 min walk


  • Hakodate Gokoku Jinjya
  • Mt.Hakodate Ropeway
  • Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples(函館市北方民族資料館)
  • The Former Soma Residence (旧相馬邸)
  • The Former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward(旧函館区公会堂)
  • The Former Branch Office of Hokkaido Government
  • Motomachi Roman Catholic Church
  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
  • Hakodate Episcopal Church of Japan
  • Foreigners’ Cemetery
  • The Former Russian Consulate

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