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Fort Goryokaku (ܗŊs, 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.

After the fort had lost its military importance, it was eventually turned into a public park in the 1910s. Over one thousand cherry trees were planted along its moats, making it one of Hokkaido's best cherry blossom spots. The peak of the blooming season usually takes place around early May.

In the center of the fort stands the Former Magistrate Office, from where the officers of the shogunate administered Hokkaido. The original building was demolished after the fall of the shogunate in 1871, but the city meticulously reconstructed a part of the complex and opened it to the public in 2010.

For a bird's view of the huge fortress, access the observation deck of the nearby Goryokaku Tower. The 107 meter tall tower replaced its 60 meter tall predecessor in 2006.

Getting there and around

From Hakodate Station, take the tram to "Goryokaku Koen Mae" (ܗŊsO, 10 minutes, 230 yen one way), from where the fortress is another ten minutes on foot.

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Hours and Fees

Goryokaku Tower

Hours

9:00 to 18:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

900 yen

Former Magistrate Office

Hours

9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from November through March)

Closed

December 31 to January 3 and a small number of irregular closing days

Admission

500 yen

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    • Guest House Annabel
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Annabel offers accommodation in Hakodate. The apartment is a 15-minute walk from Hakodate Station and a 10-minute walk from Mount Hakodate Ropeway. The property is 71 square metres and there are 2 bedrooms and a living room. Japanese-style futons are provided in the bedrooms. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, toaster, microwave and kitchenware. Private bathrooms have showers, high-tech toilets and toiletries. Towels, room wear and bed linen are provided by the property. A popular shopping area, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, is a 10-minute walk away from the property. Goryokaku Park is 5 km from Guest House Annabel, while Hakodate City Office is 700 metres away.
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    • Tomoe.com
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      Situated in Hakodate in the Hokkaido region, with Hakodate City Office nearby, Tomoe.com features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a TV and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. A ? la carte breakfast is available each morning at the holiday home. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Goryokaku Park is 3.8 km from Tomoe.com, while Hakodate Goryokaku is 4.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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    • Pension Jokura
      Budget-friendly
      Just 250 metres from Omachi Tram Station and a 6-minute walk from the Red Brick Warehouse, Pension Jokura offers homely rooms with free wired internet, an LCD TV and shared bathrooms. The heated rooms at Jokura Pension have simple wood furnishings, including a small desk. Toilets are shared. Guests have access to 24-hour shared showers, and shared baths are open from 19:00-24:00. JR Hakodate Train Station is a 6-minute drive, and Hakodate Airport is about a 20-minute drive away. Koryu-ji Temple and Yamanoue-jinja Shrine are about a 15-minute walk away. The hotel has free parking. The pension has a cheery lounge with a wood-burning stove, and a Japanese-style sitting room. A free-use internet PC is available, and a coin launderette is on site. Luggage can be stored at the reception.
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    • Condominium Stella Site
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hakodate, Condominium Stella Site offers city views and free WiFi, 5 km from Goryokaku Park and 5 km from Hakodate Goryokaku. A flat-screen TV with Blu-ray player, private bathroom with a hairdryer, and a kitchen with microwave are offered in certain units. The apartment provides a laundry service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Popular points of interest near Condominium Stella Site include Hakodate City Office, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • HakoBA Hakodate by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate offers accommodation in Hakodate, a 6-minute drive from Hakodate Park. Guests can relax on the terrace at the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the building. All rooms feature air conditioning, heating and a safety deposit box. Extras including slippers and towels are provided for guestsf comfort. Some rooms have a desk and refrigerator. There is a shared kitchen and shared lounge at The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate. Free luggage storage and lockers are available at the property. There is a gift shop and drinks vending machine on site. There is a restaurant, bar and coffee house on site. Breakfast is also served at the property. There are a few restaurants, cafes and convenience stores within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Suehirocho Station and Jujigai Station are both under a 5-minute walk from The Share Hotels HakoBA Hakodate. Mount Hakodate Ropeway is located a 7-minute bus ride from the property, while Goryokaku Park is a 20-minute drive away. Hakodate Airport is a 25-minute train ride away.
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    • Condominium Panoramique Motomachi
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hakodate, conveniently near the Hakodateyama and Motomachi area, Condominium Panoramique Motomachi is an apartment featuring free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site for a fee. Mount Hakodake Ropeway Station, Hakodate bay area and Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is a 7-minute walk away. All units at the apartment feature a satellite flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with a bath and a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave, fridge, kitchenware and electric kettle. All apartments feature a washing machine with tumble dryer and massage chair. A variety of restaurants is available within a 5-minute walk from the property. Guests can also find supermarkets within a 10-minute walk from Condominium Panoramique Motomachi. Hakodate Goryokaku is 5 km from Condominium Panoramique Motomachi, while Hakodate Park is a 7-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 9 km from the property.
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    • Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts
      Luxury
      A 3-minute walk from Hakodate Station, Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts offers rooms with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a balcony, a living area and a kitchenette. Danshaku Hakodate Club Hotel & Resorts is an 8-minute drive away from Sanroku Station which offers access to the Mount Hakodate Ropeway. Hakodate Morning Market is only a 1-minute walk and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse is a 15-minute walk away. Rooms are spacious and bright, featuring tile flooring and simple contemporary design. En suite bathrooms offer views of Mount Hakodate. The Danshaku Club Hotel features bicycle rental and coin-operated laundry facilities. Guests can shop at the in-house sundry shop. A Western breakfast is served in guestrooms.
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    • Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort
      Luxury
      Boasting open-air hot spring baths and ocean views, Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort is a 15-minute drive from JR Hakodate Station. Free parking is available on site. Delicately prepared Japanese meals are offered. Featuring tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The en suite bathroom has a bath tub and free toiletries. Guests at Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort can unwind at the public bathing area or enjoy massages at an additional charge. Drinks vending machines are available on site. Hakodate Airport is a 7-minute drive away. Goryokaku Park is a 12-minute drive from the property. Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is a 15-minute walk away, while Yunokawa Onsen bus stop is a 2-minute walk away. Guests with a dinner-inclusive rate can savour Japanese course meals prepared with seasonal ingredients and fresh seafood. Traditional Japanese breakfast is also on offer.
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    • HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE
      Luxury
      Set in Hakodate, 5 km from Goryokaku Park, HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a spa and wellness centre. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.6 km from Motomachi Catholic Church, 1.7 km from Old British Consulate of Hakodate and 1.8 km from The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a concierge service and free WiFi. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet or an Asian breakfast. HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE offers a sauna. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Hakodate City Office, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 8 km from HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE.
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    • Motomachi House x Cafe
      Budget-friendly
      Motomachi House x Cafe is set in Hakodate, within 6 km of Goryokaku Park and 6 km of Hakodate Goryokaku. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the guest house, the rooms come with a desk. The shared bathroom is fitted with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near Motomachi House x Cafe include Hakodate Park, Hakodate City Office and Motomachi Catholic Church. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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