From Goryokaku Tower you can take in sweeping views of Hakodate and the star-shaped Goryokaku Fort below. This soaring 107 m (351 ft) viewing tower is perched at the edge of the historic fort, which was designed in 1855 to protect the territory of the Tokugawa shogunate from Russian invasion. The fort's star shape allowed for better visibility and more gun emplacements. Today, the grounds serve as a park replete with cherry blossom trees. Use the elevators at the entrance hall to reach the two observatory floors, where an exhibition of figurines demonstrates the history of the area. Take a look at our Hakodate travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Goryokaku Tower and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Tours To Goryokaku Tower
Hokkaido Enjoy Pass (Sapporo, Lake Toya, Hakodate) Pick-up: New Chitose Airport BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $47
Duration: 1 to 15 days
Cherry blossom viewing at Goryokaku with seasonal Japanese bento BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
Duration: 1 hour
Goryokaku Tower Reviews
This attraction is certainly unusual! A star shaped building on top of a very tall tower . On ground level there are interesting shops, coffee bar and snacks. The elevator travels very quickly to the.... more »
To access the Goryokaku Tower, you can either take a Hakodate bus and alight at the Goryokaku Koen Iriguchi bus stop and walk 7 minutes or a Hakodate tram and get off at the Goryokaku Koen Mae Tram... more »
Interesting layout and scenic aerial views. Pity my phone died at this point so all pics taken here were wiped out. I enjoyed learning about the history behind the place. Cool tourist destination!
Worth going up and have a good view of the whole place. Have a walk into the park and enjoy the cherry trees close. Local will do barbecue there with all the stools and pit and enjoying the beautiful park.
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