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Goryokaku Tower

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The admission fee to the observatory is relatively expensive at 900 yen but well worth it for the superb view.

Goryoukaku Tower sits at the corner of Goryoukaku Park. The present 107 meters high observatory... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Funabashi, Japan
Intersting History

The first floor has some displays but it is mainly a gift shop. For the full effect you really have... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Kelli W
Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We caught a tram to a stop close to this tower. You get wonderful views of the area, especially the star-shaped Fort. It is interesting to read about the history of the area. We had an enjoyable lunch on the mezzanine floor.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Henryjen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Goryoukaku Tower sits at the corner of Goryoukaku Park. The present 107 meters high observatory tower replaced the former 60 meters high tower in 2006. The admission fee to the observatory level about 90 meters high is relatively expensive at 900 yen but well worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

The first floor has some displays but it is mainly a gift shop. For the full effect you really have to go up the tower.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kelli W
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

It admission ticket of 900 Yen was too expensive. The view was just so so. The-star shaped park has nothing interesting. Autumn foliage has not reached its peak. Regret going. The whole place of Goryokoku park is to be forgotten and can be skipped.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KelvinPg
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Goryokaku Tower is one of the best attraction in Hakodate, it offers the best & great views of this historical landmark area. On a clear day you can see forever- we weren't so lucky, but really enjoyed this educational experience, and a symbol of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank scalise12
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

It offers a great view of the historical landmark. Must go and read about the history. Of course, it will offer a good view from above. The garden below was most relaxing. Typical of Japanese gardens. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Nice view from the top. At the ground floor and second floor, there are coffee shops and snacks bars with acceptable prices and taste. From the top of tower you will see the star shape of the fort.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The best educational attraction in Hakodate must be the Goryokaku Tower. High up in the top of the city next to the castle, visitors have the chance to have the bird-eye view of the castle and beyond. The sight of the castle, the citadel, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CharnP_13
Reviewed September 30, 2018

This tower is located at the entrance of Goryokaku. It costs 900 yen to go up this tower. From the top, you can look down all the Hakodate city, Honshu , Ocean and some mountains, very nice view if it is fine. At the top...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 963hiros
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Very well run tourist attraction, as are most attractions in Japan. Very busy non stop all the time we were there. Spectacular views in all directions & history of the area. Tourist shop & food outlets very good but expensive.

Date of experience: June 2018
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October 10, 2018|
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Response from micheledY2 | Reviewed this property |
Since i left Hakodate in 12 oct,trees started changing colors,so it might probably be.
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November 27, 2017|
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Response from Spdrmn54 | Reviewed this property |
The local tram is an inexpensive way to travel to tourist spots in Hakodate. Tram stop #17 is a short 100 meter walk east from the JR Hakodate station. Ride the tram north and exit at stop #9. Walk north towards the... More
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8D self-drive in Autumn (3 Replies)
I am doing a 8D self-drive around the dates of 10 Oct to 17 Oct with 3 kids, youngest at 3 years old. We will arrive at Chitose. My draft itinerary is as follow. Day 1 Arrive Chitose in the night. ~ Noboribetsu . Accommodation: Oyado Kiomizuya Day 2 Hell Valley ~ Hakodate -Bay area/Goryokaku Tower/Mt Hakodate Accommodation: Hakodate Bay area? Day 3 Hakodate Morning Market ~ Lake Toya - Lake Onuma/Mt Usu ropeway/Mt Showa Bear Park/ Fireworks Accommodation: Resort at Lake Toya ...More
August 23, 2015|
Response fromtravelmomKL|
Wow.. what a coincidence. we r a party of 8 ladies also planning self drive 11-18 Oct. arriving chitose 11 oct and proceed to noboribetsu (oyado hotel). your itinerary is exactly like our with the exception of Furano after Otaru.
mapcodes (11 Replies)
Can anyone help to provide me the mapcodes for the following : Sapporo Maruyama Park Sankaku Fish Market Sobetsu Fruit Village Onuma Ouasi National Park Lake Hill Farm Goryokaku Tower Tachimachie Cape Mt Hakodate & Ropeway Matsumae Hachiman-Zaka slope Wagyu Beef Restaurant BiBi Can I use telephone numbers to reach the destination beside using mapcodes. Thank you in advance
August 26, 2013|
Response fromWilliam512|
Can you provide a bit more info on "Tachimachie Cape"!? Is the spelling of the Cape correct as I couldn’t locate it under google search!? For the other places the mapcodes are listed below. Sapporo Maruyama Park: 9 487 280 Sankaku Fish Market (Otaru): 164 719 530 Sobetsu Fruit Village: 321 529 040 Lake Hill Farm: 321 694 534 Onuma Quasi National Park: 86 816 601 Goryokaku Tower: 86 165 088 Mt. Hakodate ropeway station: 86 041 004 Hachiman-Zaka (hilltop end): 86 040 324...More
Day trip from Sapporo to Hakodate (7 Replies)
Please advise if my plan is doable in late May. Take early morning 6/7am train from Sapporo to Hakodate. Go morning market for seafood bfast. Buy tram day pass to visit goryokaku tower, fort & park as well as do the walking tour in city area. Not taking rope way and not going for night view. If time permits have dinner at yatai. Catch around 7pm train back to Sapporo. Thank you for your comments.
February 22, 2017|
Response fromHiroSKMT|
Are you sure? You are wasting 8 hours on train (3.5 - 4 hours per way) and you have nothing to do, and you will not arrive at your hotel until 22:45. Stay at least one night is much better.