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Goryokaku Tower, Hakodate

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Observation Deck Lookout
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Goryokaku Tower and other Hakodate attractions using our handy Hakodate holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Rained when we visited. Not much to see. Might be better during cherry blossoms period but we came in mid June.  more »
  • You enter through the souvenir shop and exit the same way. So they're going to try and get you to part with money, which we duly did. The price to see the view is a touch expensive at around Y900, but...  more »
  • We spent a splendid time. Flowers blossom, fresh air, no crowd, good weather made the walk remarkably unforgettable. On the journey walking through the park, we spent some time in a chocolatier shop. ...  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome view, kind of out of the way if you're on a holiday - took 4 hours by train from Sapporo - but great place nonetheless! Even the curry was delicious!
  • Oh. This park is awesome. The shape is beautiful. The staffs are very nice. The fort and the area surrounding is very clean. It felt refreshing taking a walk around the fort. Very clean and well maintained.
  • This tower gave a fantastic view of the city and Goryokaku Park. This place and Mt Hakodate can't be missed while visiting Hakodate!
  • You could enjoy great view of the park from the tower as well as 360 degree view of Hakodate.
  • A land mark of Hakodate. You can see the nice view of Hakodate.