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Goryokaku Tower

43-9 Goryokakucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0001, Japan
+81 138-51-4785
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Ranked #7 of 59 Attractions in Hakodate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Lookouts
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179 reviews 179 reviews
34 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The tower is now 50 years old, hard to believe. It looks much more modern and is super- well maintained. The view down on the fort is terrific, and the views around the Hakodate area are really nice. The slanted glass eliminates a lot of glare so you can take decent photos.

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Chiba-shi, Chiba, Japan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was breathtaking view from a tower, and very good place to learn recent Japanese history. There are many info and posts on the wall, which really help me learn history especially for around Meiji restoration.

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Bonsall, California
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221 reviews 221 reviews
78 attraction reviews
442 helpful votes 442 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Obviously, you only want to go to the tower if the weather is clear. Otherwise, don't bother. The main point is to overlook the adjacent fort...or what was a fort. Now it is a nice park with a few recreated buildings. The tower is, of course, very touristy, but it is well organized and the staff is very polite and... More

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629 attraction reviews
556 helpful votes 556 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Don't bother going into the fort. Instead go up the tower for a view of the fort from the observation floor set at a height of 107 meters. From here you can easily see its star shape and of course panoramic views of the city

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Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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172 reviews 172 reviews
101 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Went up there to have a scenery view of the Goryokaku Fort and the rest of Hakodate, Was really amazing to see everything clearly as we had encountered a rainy night a day before. There is also boards erected in the viewing tower & as well as figurines to tell a more lively story. After coming down from the tower,... More

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Byron Bay, NSW
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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The best way to appreciate Fort Goryokaku is from the tower. You can see the precision and the complexity of the design. It is difficult to capture in a photograph since you are too close. There are also fabulous views back over the city of Hakodate, the port, Mt Hakodate and the mountains. Don't miss it.

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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Nice view of the fort on a clear day. A lot of touristy things to buy on the ground floor. You'll be over run by school kids shopping like crazy.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

It's operating hours end at 7pm in spring time! My first ever tower that I been too that close so early! We were hoping the skies to clear, but end up the tower close at 7pm, so it's still daytime so whatever night view that you hope will never happen. I went there to see the sakura surround the fort... More

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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Definitely worth the trip up the tower. The tower offers stunning views of Goryokaku - I just wished I and travelled a fews weeks later to see the cherry trees in bloom.

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Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We walked around the Goryokaku in a super wet snow condition. I think it would be prettier to visit during cherry blossom season though. Still, it was quite enjoyable and fun to see people walking with dogs and such.

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