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The first European tower in Japan

Goryokaku Tower

Recommended degree
★★★★

Best season:Spring(Mar.-May)Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)Winter(Dec.-Feb.)

Goryokaku Tower

The Goryokaku Tower

The Goryokaku was made in 1864 and it's construction took ten years. This is Japan's first western style castle, and it is shaped like a pentagon star, hence the name ('go' means five). From the top of Goryokaku tower, you can see Goryokaku's pentagon shape. For the 100th year anniversary the first tower was built, in December 1964 (60m high), and 41 years later in 2006 the new tower (107m high) was completed and the structure obtained the present shape.

From the observation deck at the highest floor of the tower, you can clearly see the star-shaped Goryokaku and the Hakodate Mountains, Tsugaru Strait, and other mountains. On the observation deck, there is a display space to learn about the Goryokaku. The observation deck is covered with strongly protected glass, and there is a café and a gift shop.

The new tower focuses on the star shape; not only the observation deck is star shaped but the cross section of the tower has a shape of a star as well.

Today Goryokaku does not have a surrounding wall; instead, there is a park filled with greenery. In spring, 1,600 cherry trees bloom and people visit from all over Japan. In winter, the Goryokaku is lit up, and from the top of the tower, we can see a beautiful star shape on the ground.

Access

Train: First go to Hakodate Station of JR Line, and then take a bus to Goryokaku Koen-mae, and it is 15 minutes from the Shiden Teiryuujo on foot. Bus: It is 25 minutes from Hakodate Station. From the Hakodate airport use the bus heading to Hakodate station and get off at Goryokaku-mae, and walk for seven minutes. Business hours are short in winter (End of October to mid-April); there is an extra hour in summer.

Information of Goryokaku Tower

Spot name Goryokaku Tower
Address 43-9 Goryokaku-machi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Regular holiday 7 days open
Business hours MON:08:00-19:00 / TUE:08:00-19:00 / WED:08:00-19:00 / THU:08:00-19:00 / FRI:08:00-19:00 / SAT:08:00-19:00 / SUN:08:00-19:00
TEL 0138-51-4785
FAX 0138-32-6390
Fee 840yen

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