Goryokaku (五稜郭) was Japan’s first Western-style fort built in 1864, but it was deserted after the last battle of Boshin civil war of 1869. The remains of the fort, such as water moats and stone foundation walls, has been developed as Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) from 1914.

Cherry trees bloom from late April to early May.


Hakodate Bugyosho

(函館奉行所) 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. More info www.hakodate-bugyosho.jp


Goryokaku Tower

(五稜郭タワー) Stands at the entrance gate of the park, the 107m-tall modern Goryokaku Tower provides panoramic views of the five-star-shaped fort and the town. Best to climb up the tower for cherry-blossom season or winter night. More info www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp


Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido

(北海道立函館美術館) 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. More info www.dokyoi.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/hk/hbj


Getting There

Tram

From Hakodate Station, Yunokawa-bound trams run to Goryokaku-koen-mae (五稜郭公園前) every 6 minutes. From where, it is a 15-minute on foot to the park.

Bus

Hakodate Bus operates the Goryokaku Tower & Trappistine Shuttle Bus twice hourly to the Goryokaku Tower from Hakodate Station (15min) and Hakodate Airport (32min).