About 3km northeast of JR Hakodate Station, Goryokaku (五稜郭) is best known for Japan’s first Western-style, five-star-shaped fortress built in 1864. It was deserted after the last battle of the Boshin civil war of 1869, but the remains of the fortress, such as water moats and stone foundation walls, has been transformed into a park.
Goryokaku is Hakodate’s main business district, with a number of restaurants, bars and shops along the main street.


Goryokaku Park


10min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

Goryokaku is Japan’s first Western-style fort built in 1864. The remains of the fort, such as water moats and stone foundation walls, has been developed as Goryokaku Park from 1914. Some 1600 cherry trees bloom from late April to early May.

Goryokaku Tower


10min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

Stands at the entrance gate of the park, this 107m-high modern tower provides panoramic views of the five-star-shaped fortress and the town. Best to climb up the tower for cherry-blossom season or winter night.

Hakodate Bugyosho


Inside Goryokaku Park

Located at the central part of Goryokaku Park, Hakodate Bugyosho (magistrate office of the Edo shogunate) was built here in 1864 but scrapped in 1871. The Bugyosho was faithfully reconstructed in 2010 with galleries.

Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido


10min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

Southern Hokkaido’s premier art collection awaits at this museum, including works by Kakizaki Hakyo and Kaneko Otei. It is also holds Asian art and calligraphy works. The museum is close to the Goryokaku Tower.

Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery’s Document Museum


11min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

Opposite the Hakodate Museum of Art is this maritime museum with displays on the north‐sea fisheries history. The reception is next door to the performing arts center.



1min walk from Kashiwagi-cho tram stop

If you plan to visit Hakodate during Golden Week (late Apr-early May), don’t miss Sakuragaoka-dori street (800m) in the residential area that became a tunnel of cherry trees. It is a short walk west from Kashiwagi-cho tram stop, two stop east of Goryokaku-koen-mae.



Hotel Mystays Hakodate Goryokaku


1min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

The JR Inn is a convenient location next door to JR Hakodate Station north gate. It has Western-style rooms, communal baths and a lounge overlooking the harbor.

Smile Hotel Premium –
Hakodate Goryokaku


3min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

One of Goryokaku’s most modern accommodation facing the main street, the Smile Hotel Premium has functional 190 rooms. There is a number of dining options around the hotel.

Hotel BRS Hakodate Goryokaku Tower


6min walk from Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

This place is Goryokaku Park’s closest hotel. Breakfast (extra) uses local ingredients.


Getting There


JR Goryokaku Station is about 2.4km west of Goryokaku Park. Most tourists head to Hakodate Station and change the tram.


Trams run every six minutes from Hakodate-ekimae (in front of the JR station) to Goryokaku-koen-mae (17min) continue to Yunokawa terminus. Goryokaku Park is a 15-minute on foot from the tram stop.


Hakodate Bus 5 (Goryokaku Tower & Trappistine Shuttle Bus) runs hourly to Goryokaku Tower from Hakodate Station (15min) and Hakodate Airport (32min).

Goryokaku-koen-mae tram stop

五稜郭公園前 | 고료카쿠코엔마에

Address:31 Hon-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido

Distance:3km from Hakodate Station