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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 (1603-1868) 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 used to administer the island of 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, 15 minutes, 230 yen one way), from where the fortress is another ten minutes on foot.

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Former Magistrate Office

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    • Condominium Stella Site
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hakodate, near Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall, Condominium Stella Site features free WiFi. Every unit has a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. A microwave and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. The apartment provides a laundry service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Goryokaku Park is 4.6 km from Condominium Stella Site, while Hakodate Goryokaku is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 6 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • FAV HOTEL HAKODATE
      Luxury
      Set in Hakodate, within 4.6 km of Goryokaku Park and 5 km of Hakodate Goryokaku, FAV HOTEL HAKODATE offers accommodation with a bar and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is located 50 km from Mount Iou. All guest rooms at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. All rooms are fitted with a safety deposit box and selected rooms also offer city views. At FAV HOTEL HAKODATE all rooms include bed linen and towels. An American breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL HAKODATE include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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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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    • JR Inn Hakodate
      Mid-range
      Situated 4.6 km from Goryokaku Park, JR Inn Hakodate features rooms with air conditioning in Hakodate. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy city views. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near JR Inn Hakodate include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 7 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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    • HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE
      Luxury
      Set in Hakodate and with Goryokaku Park reachable within 4.9 km, HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE offers concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. The property is around 5.2 km from Hakodate Goryokaku, 50 km from Mount Iou and 2.2 km from Hakodate Park. Private parking is available on site. All units in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. With a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, certain units at HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE also have a city view. The units at the accommodation feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE can enjoy a buffet or an Asian breakfast. The hotel features a wellness area with a sauna. Speaking both English and Japanese, staff at the reception can help you plan your stay. Popular points of interest near HOTELSPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE include Hakodate Station, Hakodate City Office and Hakodate City Hall. The nearest airport is Hakodate, 7 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
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    • Pension Puppy Tail
      Budget-friendly
      Pension Puppy Tail is nestled a 5-minute walk or a 1-minute drive away from JR Hakodate Station. Decorated in retro style, it provides free WiFi and a free-use microwave in the lobby. On-site free parking is available. Pension Puppy Tail is a 5-minute walk from Morning Fish Market and a 5-minute drive from Bay Area. Hakodate-yama Ropeway is also a 5-minute drive away, while the mountain's observatory can be reached within a 10-minute drive. Rooms come with either European-style bedding or traditional futon bedding. They all include both air conditioning and heating facilities. An electric kettle and fridge are provided and some rooms feature private bathroom. All rooms have a hairdryer. For guestsf convenience, laundry, ironing and shoeshine services are available. Guests can also store luggage at the front desk or make use of the fax and photocopying machine. Free small heating pads will be provided during winter.
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    • Hotel WBF Hakodate Watatsuminoyu `Hot Spring`
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Hotel WBF Hakodate Watatsuminoyu `Hot Spring` is set in Hakodate, 4.2 km from Goryokaku Park and 4.5 km from Hakodate Goryokaku. Built in 2019, this 4-star hotel is within 50 km of Mount Iou and 500 metres of Hakodate Station. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel WBF Hakodate Watatsuminoyu `Hot Spring` every room has bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Hotel WBF Hakodate Watatsuminoyu `Hot Spring` offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna, hot spring bath and spa centre. Speaking English, Japanese, Korean and Cantonese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are willing to help at any time of the day. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hakodate City Office, Hakodate City Hall and Hakodate Port. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 6 km from Hotel WBF Hakodate Watatsuminoyu `Hot Spring`.
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    • Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
      Mid-range
      Located within 1.5 km of Motomachi Catholic Church and 1.6 km of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu offers rooms in Hakodate. The property is set 4.3 km from Hakodate Goryokaku, 5 km from Goryokaku Park and 2.1 km from Hakodate Park. The hotel features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. Breakfast can be chosen from a selection of offsite restaurants at Hakodake Morning Market featuring Hakodate ingredients. The units come with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath and free toiletries. The hotel offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Tokyu Stay Hakodate Asaichi Akarino include Hakodate City Office, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum. The nearest airport is Hakodate Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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