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Hakodate Orthodox Church

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Best season:Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)

Hakodate Orthodox Church

Hakodate Orthodox Church

The first Russian consul Goshkevitch built Hakodate Orthodox church, it is called "Church of the Resurrection". It once burned down in a fire in 1907, but was rebuilt in 1916. In 1983, it was designated an Important cultural property of Japan, as the second Orthodox church in Japan in the beginning of the 20th century. After that, it took three years from 1988 to reconstruct the whole church in order to make it look like the original one. In 1996, its bell was chosen as Japan's top 100 beautiful sounds and sceneries. Locals nicknamed it "Gan Gan Dera" (Ding Dong Church).

The color of the church is similar to the ancient Russian Byzantium style with a white wall and green steel ceiling. There are six small dome-shaped towers in the rooftop, and each has a cross on them. Behind the church, there is an ocean in the background, and the beautiful white and green church is now a famous photo spot.

It was the fifth bell to be chosen for the best sound in Japan. It rings about three to five times every Saturday from 5:00 pm and every Sunday's morning during the prayer.

Access

Bus: Get on the street train from JR Hakodate Station, and get off at Juji-gai Stop. It is 15 minutes on foot from there. It is 10 minutes from the Hakodate mountain ropeway.

Information of Hakodate Orthodox Church

Spot name Hakodate Orthodox Church
Address 3-13, Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Regular holiday Irregular closed dates,NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Business hours MON:10:00-17:00 / TUE:10:00-17:00 / WED:10:00-17:00 / THU:10:00-17:00 / FRI:10:00-17:00 / SAT:10:00-16:00 / SUN:13:00-16:00
TEL 0138-23-7387
FAX 0138-23-7939
Fee 200yen

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