Goryokaku Tower

Goryokaku Tower, Hakodate: Hours, Address, Goryokaku Tower Reviews: 4/5

Goryokaku Tower
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers • History Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Goryokaku Tower Official Account. View of Mt.Hakodate and the Tsugaru Straits from the observatory. The star-shaped vista that shines on the grounds of Goryokaku Fort, a special historic spot.
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1-2 hours
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Kent P
Batavia, OH99 contributions
What a view
Oct 2020 • Solo
I really enjoyed the views on a clear day. Interesting history on many dioramas on the viewing level.
Written October 23, 2020
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Nash
31 contributions
Worth a visit even in bad weather
Aug 2020 • Couples
The view is great even when it’s cloudy. The tower has ice cream store and a restaurant with general food. I recommend a visit for sure
Written August 31, 2020
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phale12017
United Kingdom50 contributions
A star shaped fort
Nov 2019 • Friends
This attraction is certainly unusual! A star shaped building on top of a very tall tower . On ground level there are interesting shops, coffee bar and snacks. The elevator travels very quickly to the top where the views are terrific! There are interesting models and notices to read and definitely some great photographs to take! The tower is set in amazing gardens which were truly spectacular in autumn. There is also the house of the last Samurai to be seen. Goryokaku Tower and Park are a must!
Written February 16, 2020
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dynamic14
Singapore, Singapore9,859 contributions
Interesting sight
Feb 2020 • Couples
To access the Goryokaku Tower, you can either take a Hakodate bus and alight at the Goryokaku Koen Iriguchi bus stop and walk 7 minutes or a Hakodate tram and get off at the Goryokaku Koen Mae Tram stop and walk approximately 15 minutes.

There is an admission fee to access the observatory of the tower. The elevator to the observatory is interesting in the sense that when you enter, you only see Japanese characters on the interior. However once the door closes and the elevator starts to move, the light sims and a pinkish purplish light comes on which illuminates some Japanese historical figures on the interior.

There is a history corner at the observatory, a souvenir shop as well as a cafe stand. Enjoy a 360 degree view from the observatory, especially the famed star-shaped Goryokaku fort. The night view of the fort was wonderful with the outline of the star lined with lights, except that it was impossible to get a full star-shaped picture.

This sightseeing spot scored 2 stars on the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

There is also a ‘see-through floor’ on the first-floor if the observatory where you can see the ground far below. Was quite scary for me to stand directly on it as my heart skipped a beat.

Written February 7, 2020
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lowbk
Singapore, Singapore121 contributions
Interesting star shaped park
Dec 2019 • Couples
The star shaped park is a major attraction of Hakodate and indeed looking at it from the tower is an interesting experience. There are also exhibits to showcase the history of the fort.
Written January 1, 2020
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M. San
68 contributions
Not many people
Dec 2019
It was already dark when we went up (winter so it gets dark at 4pm) so didn't manage to see the view before sunset. The crowd must have left, there was no queue at all to go up as it was already dark. It didn't snow so it wasn't white on the ground..
Written December 31, 2019
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Nasuella
Tel Aviv, Israel301 contributions
Interesting story, good view
Oct 2019 • Couples
The tower is an interactive museum, telling a story of the fort and providing a great view on the surroundings. Great if you're into history.
Written December 14, 2019
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GIllIanSG
Singapore, Singapore131 contributions
Beautiful night view
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were lucky to get a discount offered to foreigners and paid a total of 1000yen for 2 tickets to catch a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

The view facing the Goryokaku park was beautiful but I think the park should be viewed in the day to appreciate the historical fort.

It’s a pity that the sky has darken and lightings were up by the time we reached the observatory by 4pm. We couldn’t see the park except for the star shaped illuminated outline and it was too late to take a stroll on-site.

Written December 1, 2019
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klgirl
kuala lumpur577 contributions
Must go up the Tower
Oct 2019
You can see the bird's eye view of the entire park. I went in October but if you are there for the sakura season...it would be even more beautiful as it is surrounded by cherry blossom trees.
Written October 30, 2019
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lwstnm
USA40 contributions
Great View
Sep 2019
Excellent view, and a great way to see the fort. There is a gift shop and restaurants in the building and outside there are shops and restaurants.
Written October 25, 2019
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