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“Nice place if you have done everything else is town.”
Review of Goryokaku Tower

Goryokaku Tower
Ranked #2 of 154 things to do in Hakodate
Certificate of Excellence
Bonsall, California
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345 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 622 helpful votes
“Nice place if you have done everything else is town.”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Obviously, you only want to go to the tower if the weather is clear. Otherwise, don't bother. The main point is to overlook the adjacent fort...or what was a fort. Now it is a nice park with a few recreated buildings. The tower is, of course, very touristy, but it is well organized and the staff is very polite and professional. There was a banner outside announcing the tower's 50th anniversary, but it looks brand new inside and out. There is a large shop in the lobby that had every type of souvenir you can imagine and the prices are reasonable. You don't need to buy admission to get into the lobby and shop.

After buying a ticket to the observation deck, you board an elevator that transforms, sort of, into a time machine with a spiel in Japanese about the people involved in the fort (I think). The observation deck is large, so it wasn't at all crowded. I do think we were lucky that there weren't a lot of school groups there. The windows angle outward so you can hang over the railing and look straight down if you are so inclined. We didn't have to wait more than a few minutes for an elevator going up or down.

There was a line two blocks long of taxis waiting to take you back to town. This seemed to be the case all over Hakodate. No matter where we went, there were several taxis waiting. We took the city tram from our hotel to the Goryokukoenmae stop and from there it is about a 20-minute walk to the tower along a shopping street.

Don't bother with this attraction unless you have nothing else left to do. There isn't anything wrong with it, but you can see the view from the ropeway at the other end of town, which is what most visitors seemed to do.

Visited April 2014
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“Birds eye view”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Don't bother going into the fort. Instead go up the tower for a view of the fort from the observation floor set at a height of 107 meters. From here you can easily see its star shape and of course panoramic views of the city

Visited May 2014
Thank elsiek
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Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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“Scenic View”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Went up there to have a scenery view of the Goryokaku Fort and the rest of Hakodate, Was really amazing to see everything clearly as we had encountered a rainy night a day before. There is also boards erected in the viewing tower & as well as figurines to tell a more lively story. After coming down from the tower, we could sit down to have a cuppa or go the souvenir shop or have pictures of old canons in the exhibit area. Well worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
Thank Yap W
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Ballina, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Birds eye view”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

The best way to appreciate Fort Goryokaku is from the tower. You can see the precision and the complexity of the design.
It is difficult to capture in a photograph since you are too close.

There are also fabulous views back over the city of Hakodate, the port, Mt Hakodate and the mountains.
Don't miss it.

Visited May 2014
Thank Peter K
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Ottawa, Canada
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“it's ok”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Nice view of the fort on a clear day. A lot of touristy things to buy on the ground floor. You'll be over run by school kids shopping like crazy.

Visited June 2013
Thank Hotdog613
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