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Address: 44 Goryokakucho, Hakodate 040-0001 , Hokkaido

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Goryukaku was Japan's first western-style fort before conversion into the park after the war finished. The park was very clean and very well maintained. There were many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Sariddisek R
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Goryokaku Fort complex is a relatively new administrative centre for the Port of Hakodate. Designed by Ayasaburo Takeda who studied many European fort systems, Japan’s first European style fort complex was completed in 1864 in the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate, it had the Hakodate Magistrate Office with several high-ranking Tokugawa Shogunate officials who were responsible for running... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lots of greenery, carp in the moats, and some information on site. Most of the info is up in the tower, so do that first.

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Khon Kaen, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We were there a bit too early for flowers. So, there was not much to see and do. A quick stroll was turn out to be a pleasant one. Number of restaurants along the way, so we had a good dinner too.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Goryukaku was Japan's first western-style fort before conversion into the park after the war finished. The park was very clean and very well maintained. There were many elementary school children picnicking in the park when I was there. In the middle was a shrine. I could imagine that it would be extremely beautiful when the Sakura (Cherry blossom) trees are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Surprised to find so many beautiful trees and greens at the park. Very quiet place to take an easy late afternoon stroll. Lots of flowers, trees and birds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Went there after the tower visit. Lucky to have lovely weather. Good for a stroll & perhaps a picnic in the shade. Did not bother to enter the old Magistrate's Office. As far as I can tell, it's ¥500 to view a bunch of empty rooms which you could see by walking around anyway. It's a well maintained park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A group of us came to Hakodate for the Sakura. They were in full bloom. It was beautiful. It is really pretty and night too because they put out lanterns. I definitely recommend this spot for Sakura when they are in full bloom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Fort Gorokaku was built to guard Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Completed in 1864 it has five bastions pentagonally located. This is a thoroughly enjoyable place. It is well laid out with water, precise stone walls, pine trees, moss, and lots of flowers.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We took bad photos of the park since it was filled with blue sheets picnics. Looks very ugly and ruined the beauty of the park. The city should arrange for some non picnic park so visitors can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom view they come a long way for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

went there and found only few sakura trees left. the park is quite big and take time to explore it all. can imagine it will be so beautiful during sakura season. for tourist, we can only explore the park and see some trees and take photos. you can also rent canoe if you wish.

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Address: 44 Goryokakucho, Hakodate 040-0001, Hokkaido
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Hokkaido  >  Hakodate

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