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Goryokaku Park, Hakodate

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Visit the historic site of Goryokaku Park, a former fortress in the shape of a five-pointed star. Built in the 1850s, the fort owes its curious shape to Ayasaburo Takeda, who designed it to optimize defence and gun placement. Roam the fort complex, a public park since 1914, and take a relaxing walk along the moat, lined with lush cherry blossom trees. Climb to the top of the 100 m (328 ft) tall observation tower to enjoy panoramic views of the fort and its surroundings. A visit to Goryokaku Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hakodate vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Interesting place to visit. We took a walk around the whole place to get a feel of the structure of the fort, pretty interesting design. You can buy yummy ice cream inside the park.  more »
  • Visited during end of May, and there wasn't anything in particular to see. Would probably be a great place to visit during sakura season though. There's also a pretty good soft serve ice cream availab...  more »
  • we loved this park, its quiet, not too many people, not a very large park but just nice if you dont want to walk too much. you could find nearby bento shops and bu some bentos walk over and have a yum...  more »
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  • Great place for a walk and taking scenic photos. Entrance is free but do go early in the morning for best view of the scenery. Prepare to walk and hike a lot. Bring shades if necessary
  • Went during spring. Very nice view. Suggest to Prepare a mat and have a pinic there. Very huge park. Good to go up to the tower to have some nice view
  • The sakura view here was spectacular!! Must not miss this park if you like watching sakura. Night view was quite impressive as well. Must go!
  • Raining when we visited it. Only got to see it from the tower. One of the very few interesting places in Hakodate, but not a must see in Hokkaido.
  • It's a really nice park to walk and stroll about when it's Sakura season! Super nice with all the locals having picnics and having bbq! (They were white when I was there, was expecting more pink tho).