January 18, 2019

JAPAN TRAVEL: Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse in Hakodate Takes You Back to Ancient Japan

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  • JAPAN TRAVEL: Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse in Hakodate Takes You Back to Ancient Japan
  • Hakodate’s most popular picture-taking spot would be the old-fashioned streets surrounding Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses. This medieval-looking district of Hakodate will take you to the olden times of Japan, all lined by historical buildings that once played a part as Japan’s warehouses back in the 1800s. It used to be the Hakodate Port which was one of the first international trading ports that opened in Japan, making it a significant piece of the country’s history.

    Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse in Hakodate, Japan

    Currently, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses no longer serve its original purpose. It’s now a renovated a commercial complex brimming with gift shops, restaurants, and entertainment centers. It’s not your typical shopping district though, as it has a traditional vibe that makes it all the more beautiful.

    Inside Kanemori Warehouses

    You’ll find various shops inside the warehouses where you can buy souvenir items 

    From stationery items and stuffed toys to fashion items, you’ll find them in this warehouse!

    You’ll find all sorts of souvenir items inside the warehouses as you walk through every corner of the complex. Find cute character items, pieces of jewelry, the usual touristy ref magnets and button pins, Japan-made beauty products, as well as Hokkaido local pastries and sweets. It’s a huge warehouse of souvenir items for all.

    Level up your selfie game with Rental Costumes

    Rent Japanese traditional attire and strike a pose!

    You can never miss the chance to explore Hakodate in the best way possible—by experiencing it like a true Japanese. At the second floor of Meijikan, you’ll find Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono and Dress, where they have about 440 Japanese traditional attire for men and women who’d love to try on one.

    Robi Domingo poses a la samurai in Hakodate!

    Here, you can choose among their colorful outfits and try them on. Wearing their traditional attire require meticulous step-by-step procedures which tell you about the fashion culture in Japan’s history. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to try it on, and their in-house staff will also do your hair and ask you to wear the right footwear to make it more authentic.

    Ride the Ebisuya Rickshaw while wearing the Japanese garment!

    Hakodate offers a rickshaw ride to complete the whole experience. Ride a traditional rickshaw manually pulled by a friendly driver, which traverses the streets within Kanemori Warehouses.  The best part about this is the drivers know the perfect angle to take your photos—no worries about who will take your photos, they work like a pro.

    Rickshaw drivers know where the best picture-taking spots are!

    The rickshaw ride while wearing the traditional Japanese garment completed the whole Hakodate experience. It’s definitely a must because you’ll learn about the history of this part of Japan in the most fun and creative way. You can take all the photos you want in Hakodate’s scenic spots, and the feeling of nostalgia that lingers after the experience perfectly sums up the whole Hakodate trip.

    How to go here
    It takes 15-20 to minutes by foot from Hakodate Station. By train, you may take the city tram from Hakodate ekimae and get off at Juujigai stop.

    Address: 14-12, Suehiro-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
    Operating Hours: Gift shops are open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Contact: +81 138-27-5530
    Website: https://hakodate-kanemori.com/en

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