Hakodate Orthodox Church
The Hakodate Orthodox Church is the first Russian orthodox church to have been built in Japan, and it is a historical structure designated as an important cultural property. The church is characterised by its exotic exterior of white walls and green roof. Locally, it's known by the nickname Gangan Temple; in Japanese, "gangan" is an onomatopoeia for loud or intense sounds. On weekends, the beautiful sound of the church's bell rings throughout the city, and in 1996 it was even acknowledged as a Soundscape of Japan by the Ministry of the Environment.
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3-13 Motomachi, Hakodate City, Hokkaido
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- Recommended season
- January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Business Hours
Monday･Tuesday･Wednesday･Thursday･Friday : 10:00~17:00 Saturday : 10:00~16:00 Sunday : 13:00~16:00
Everyone is welcome to observe the evening prayer on the eve of the Lord's Day from 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the Sunday Eucharistic Prayer from 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Please come in and out quietly as prayers are being held.
Closed during the winter (December 26 - March 1).
Please be aware that the tour may be canceled without prior notice due to church events or funeral ceremonies.
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