Overlooking the western bay at the foot of Mt. Hakodate is a 2-square-km (1-square-mile) area of wide, sloping streets lined with the 19th-century churches, stately consulates, interesting shops, and homes of the Japanese and foreigners who first opened up this part of Japan to commerce. Return here at night when the illuminated buildings show why Hakodate is a favorite location for romantic movies and TV shows.
The most interesting historic buildings and museums are the Victorian Old Public Hall (Kyu Hakodate-ku Kokaido 旧函館区公会堂), with the Emperor's Toilet; the Old British Consulate (Kyu Igirisu Ryojikan 旧イギリス領事館), a nice place for tea and scones; and the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples (Hakodate Hoppo Minzoku Shiryokan 函館市北方民族資料館). They can be visited with combined tickets. To visit Motomachi, get off the streetcar at the Suehiro-cho stop.