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Fort Goryokaku
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Fort Goryokaku featuring snow

Walk around the enchanting grounds of this repurposed military fort shaped like a star and see historic architecture and magnificent cherry blossoms in springtime.

Fort Goryokaku is an enormous star-shaped citadel built over 150 years ago as a defensive fortress for Hakodate’s government offices. After a brief period of wartime turmoil and imperial threat, the fort was transformed into a stunning public park, distinctive for its elegant architecture, magnificent cherry blossom trees, curving moat and pleasant grassy lawns. Stroll on the promenades along the moat, visit the site’s museum and enjoy the scenic park area and historic architecture.

Built in a Western style, the star-shaped fort was planned to defend against enemies arriving from any direction. The fort was the famous site of the final 1869 battle in the Boshin War and was repurposed as a public garden in the 1910s. Explore the fort’s outer perimeter to find a tranquil oasis of deciduous trees and over 1,000 cherry trees planted along the moat. Stroll along a charming footbridge onto the fort’s main area and wander amid Japanese pine trees and manicured gardens.

At the center of the fort, find a replica of the Former Magistrate’s Office. This traditional and ornate red-tiled building was used by the shogunate for the administration of Hokkaido, but the original was destroyed after the shogunate’s fall in 1871. The office is open to the public and houses a small museum dedicated to the history of the site and the city.

The sprawling Fort Goryokaku grounds are stunning year-round. Visit in spring to experience one of Hokkaido’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spots, or in summer for the lush greenery of the surrounding gardens. In fall, the colors of the fort’s deciduous trees transform into brilliant red and gold hues. A magical carpet of white snow falls upon the area in winter.

Fort Goryokaku is located in Hakodate, a large city in southern Hokkaido. Catch a 10-minute tram to Goryokaku Koen Mae from Hakodate Station. Reach the fort after an additional 15-minute walk. The Former Magistrate’s Office is open year-round except for a short period around New Year’s. For panoramic views of Fort Goryokaku and the surrounding cityscape, visit the neighboring Goryokaku Tower.

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Smile Hotel Premium Hakodate Goryokaku
Smile Hotel Premium Hakodate Goryokaku
3 out of 5
Honcho 8-15, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,909 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku. Yunokawa Hot Spring is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 4, 2021

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Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
Tokyustay Hakodate Asaichi Akarinoyu
3 out of 5
22-1-1 Ohtemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,694 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated in Hakodate, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Museum Mashumaru and within 3 mi (5 km) of Goryokaku Tower and Mount ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku
3.5 out of 5
26-17 Hon-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥5,091 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in the heart of Hakodate, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Fort Goryokaku and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden and Kanemori ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (454 reviews)
1 day stay for family of 3 (Feb 2020)
"Good location. Just a few minutes walk from street car stop, and a 10-min walk to Fort Goryukaku. The room was very nice and clean, with the beds/pillows quite comfortable. We had an early train to Tokyo the ff day, and the manager-in-charge kindly adjusted the breakfast opening time half an hour ..."

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

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Smile Hotel Premium Hakodate Goryokaku
Smile Hotel Premium Hakodate Goryokaku
3 out of 5
Honcho 8-15, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,909 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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3 out of 5
22-1-1 Ohtemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥8,694 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku
3.5 out of 5
26-17 Hon-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,091 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Jujiya Hotel
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3 out of 5
32-4 Goryokakucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥6,727 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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3 out of 5
Goryokaku-cho 35-3, Hakodate, Hokkaido
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Dormitory Silsil
1 out of 5
Hondori 1-20-34, Hakodate, Hokkaido
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Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku
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2 out of 5
35-3 Goryoukaku-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0, Hakodate, Hokkaido
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JR Inn Hakodate
JR Inn Hakodate
3 out of 5
12-14 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥5,636 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
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Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari / Hewitt Resort
Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari / Hewitt Resort
3.5 out of 5
Yunokawa 3-9-20, Hakodate, Hokkaido
The price is ¥12,308 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen Umi to Akari / Hewitt Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.