Goryokaku Tower Hakodate
Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭, Goryōkaku) is a massive, star shaped, Western style citadel, which was built in the last years of the Edo Period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by the Western powers. A few years later, the fort became the site of a civil war between an army of the shogunate and the superior troops of the newly established Meiji government.
Enjoy a Bird's-Eye View of the Huge Star-Shaped Fortress from the Adjoining Goryokaku Tower Observatory
The Goryokaku is a western-style fort completed almost 150 years ago. A magnificent panoramic view of the entire star-shaped estate and surrounding moat unveils itself to visitors from the observation platform of the 107-meter Goryokaku Tower, which stands adjacent to the fort. The moat is surrounded by some 1,600 cherry trees, making the Goryokaku one of Hokkaido's top cherry blossom viewing spots in springtime. In summer the moat is fringed with lush greenery, which turns into a blazing scene of crimson foliage in the fall that is then blanketed with snow in the winter, creating an extremely beautiful vista for all seasons.
Entrance Hall / Tower Ticket Counter
Shop1F / Food & Drink 107
Under floor display-Goryokaku construction at the time Hakodate
Seasonal seafood restaurant "Shunka"
Restaurant Gotoken "Hakodate Curry Express"
"MILKISSIMO" HAKODATE GELATO
Observatory 1F (86m)
Observatory 2F (90m)
On the second floor of the observatory, You can both command an impressive view of Goryokaku, a special historic site, and learn about the history of Goryokaku Fort in the exhibition space.
Exhibition space "Goryokaku History Corridor"
Model of Goryokaku Fort (1/250)
Goryokaku Guide (information terminal)
Toshizo hijikata (seated bronze statue) Produced by Machiko Kodera
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Stop for a Breather at the Goryokaku Tower Atrium
Make sure you also stop in at the Goryokaku Tower Atrium for a short break after taking a leisurely stroll around Goryokaku Park. Take a seat on one of the benches in the light-filled indoor atrium and gaze out through the glass façade at the cherry trees dotted around the park. With a take-out stand offering light meals on the 1st floor and a takeout gelato shop on the 2nd floor, be sure to grab yourself a coffee or gelato and park yourself on one of the benches for some time out.
Goryokaku Tower Hours and Fees
8:00 to 19:00 (late April to late October)
9:00 to 18:00 (late October to late April)
CLOSED: No closing days
FEES 840 yen
Former Magistrate Office
9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from November through March)
Admission ends 15 minutes before closing.
December 31 to January 3 and a small number of irregular closing days
FEES 500 yen
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