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Goryōkaku, Hakodate

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From Goryōkaku 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Goryōkaku and other Hakodate attractions using our handy Hakodate holiday planner.
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  • Clean with light-up night of wonder? Ordinary city patrol went by bus arriving at the bus had landed at the bus stop near walked maybe. I feel strongly and have non-slip because it was so difficult to walk snow and freezing.
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  • 要鳥瞰五稜郭就要登上五稜郭塔,下午五點過後有優惠門票,且冬季五點過後上塔就能看到點燈的五稜郭,大推!五稜郭塔展望台有兩層樓,視野都不錯,也是個看函館夜景的好地方。 
  • I went to the spring. Hokkaido is from the end of April is peak cherry blossoms in early May. Goryokaku Tower-down at this time to go is pretty in pink. Goryokaku vary according to season and snow are spectacular.
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  • One of the main tourist attractions of Hakodate which we have bypassed many times before until this year. We were very surprised by the very nice reconstruction of the city offices in the center of the park. The admission fee for a tour of the building is well worth it, going over much of the history and peculiarities of Hakodate as one of the few "open ports" during the early years of the Meiji period. A visit is well worth it, especially during the cherry blossom season due to the many cherry trees planted in the park.
  • Free, accessible and and worth the tram trip Look at any map of Hakodate and Goryokaku park sticks out like a sore thumb. The park shows off the multi faceted seasons with the choice of trees. It's a sakura fest in April/May and is snow covered in winter. Our visit in October presented us with the best arrangement of reds, yellows and green follage in all of Hakodate. We were not disappointed. We got to the destination by tram and foot, only 20 minutes from the JR Hakodate station. Directly opposite and worth the visit is the adjoining tower (requires an entrance fee), and Lucky Pierrot, Hakodate's own burger chain. The store near here is angel themes and its chinese chicken burger is a 5 star must in Japanese weird meets tasty fast food.
  • really beautiful, well maintenance. worth to visit. this is a symbolic of the city. love this place.
  • Great park to take a walk or just chill out. Nice atmosphere with lots of trees and plants. The park is quite large so it might take a while to walk around. When you are in the middle of the park, you don't feel that you are in the star-shaped park.
  • Really neat and peaceful. The observation tower is worth the fee as well.