Koryu-ji

(高龍寺) Hakodate’s oldest temple was founded in 1633 and relocated here in 1879 after the Boshin civil war. Hokkaido’s largest San-mon (temple gate), built in 1911, is carved with dragons and lions. The temple buildings were constructed from 1899 to 1933, surrounded by British- and French-style red brick walls. Don’t miss the Kaizan-do hall that has 500 wooden statues of rakan (Buddha’s disciples: photography is allowed). It is a 10-minute walk from Hakodate Dock-mae tram stop.


Higashi Hongan-ji Hakodate Betsuin

(真宗大谷派 東本願寺函館別院) Japan’s oldest reinforced concrete temple was rebuilt in 1915 after the 1907 great fire. The temple features its magnificent roof tiles.


Jitsugy-ji

(実行寺) Founded in the mid 17th-century, Jitsugyo-ji was related to a German-American artist, French sailors and a Russian consular after opened the port. The temple was rebuilt in 1918 and it has some memorials.


Shomyo-ji

(称名寺) Right next to Jitsugyo-ji, Britain and France set up consulates at this temple in the late-Edo period. In 1929, Shomyo-ji was rebuilt with reinforced concrete. From the left side of the temple building, Kannon Trail (1250m) leads to the top of Hakodate-yama.


Hakodate Hachiman-gu

(函館八幡宮) Set at the foot of Hakodate-yama surrounded by the ceder forest, this tasteful place, built in 1915, is the major Hachiman-gu shrine in Hokkaido. It is a few minutes’ walk from Hakodate Park or Yachigashira tram stop.


Getting There