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Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !

Boshin is a war that occurred between the old and the new government. This place is where the last battle of that war had took place. The new government's attack was so strong that old shogunate side had no choice but to lay the tatami by the stone wall, and surpass with the folding screen.

Such Goryokaku has now reborn as a scenic park to enjoy the change of the seasons. This unique form is due to Japan's first French fortification system, and it only exists in few places in Japan.
Hakodate | 44 Goryōkakuchō, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0001
(Updated on: Mar 01, 2017)

Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
Opening hours: 9:00~19:00 (Apr. to Oct.)
9:00~18:00 (Nov. to Mar.)
※ park itself is open from 5:00

Access:
About 15 min by car from JR Hakodate Station & Hakodate Airport
About 15 min walk from the tram Goryokakukoenmae
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
Reputation as a tourist destination of Goryokaku is very high as well as its historical value. It has been selected to a Hokkaido heritage as "Remains of Goryokaku and Hakodate war" in 2004, and in the Michelin Green Guide Japan, "Goryokaku trace" and "View (of Goryoukaku trace)" has won the two-star.
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
This is the Hakodate magistrate's office which was restored in 2010. As a Japan's first opened land, this place had a heavy responsibility against the security to the north and for external negotiation. In 2011, it has been awarded the "Hokkaido red brick building Award" and the architecture of the old time has been faithfully reproduced.
Of course, it's possible to see inside. The photographs is of a saloon. When the sliding doors of the parlor are opened, the space will be even up to 72-jo (119.24 ㎡).

Opening hours: 9:00~18:00 (Apr. to Oct.)
9:00~17:00 (Nov. to Mar.)
Closed: 12/31-1/3
Admission: General 500 yen, Students 250 yen
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
From here, let me show you several different expressions of Goryokaku. From late April, the Yoshino cherry trees in the park blooms all at once and provides us a great location as a cherry blossom viewing point in public.
In the evening, it is lit up as you can see.
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
Goryokaku covered with snow in winter is quite attractive as well. A mountain seen very far is also very beautiful.
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
When the water quality of the moat was good, it has been used as a pool and skating rink.Unfortunately, because the water stopped to flow to the moat by the seawall construction of Kamedagawa, the water quality of the moat became worse, and from 1974, the water which flow to the moat became a tap water.
In addition, illumination will be turned on which is titled "Dreams of Goryo star" in winter. A star which beautifully emerge in Hakodate (one of the world's three major night scene) is a must-see.

Time: 12/1 - End of February
Lighting time: 17:00~22:00
Changed from a fierce battle point to a landscape. "Goryokaku" made a wonderful transformation !
Well, I know you want to know where you can see this beautiful view from? The answer is from the Goryokaku Tower which boasts a height of 98m. Feel free to visit because it's open everyday.

Hours: 8:00~19:00 (Sometimes changes by season)
Outlook fee: Adults 840 yen
Teenagers 630 yen
Elementary school students 420 yen
Hakodate | 43-9 Goryōkakuchō, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0001
Roughly speaking, 1F is atrium and 2F is a restaurant. Even at the observatory, you can have a light meal while watching the beautiful scenery.
The view from the observatory is nothing but a superb view.

It should be noted that the observatory is made in a shape of pentagon and the cross-section of the tower body is also star-shaped. You can see not only the nice view, but the motif of Goryokaku and the star at this place.
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