Hakodate Fort Goryokaku Cherry Blossoms

Fort Goryokaku: Star-Shaped Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate, Hokkaido

Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭) is a huge star shaped, Western style fortress, which was built in the last years of the Edo Period. It’s open as a park and one of main tourist attractions in Hakodate city today.

The cherry blossom season in Hokkaido arrives a few week later than the mainland of Japan. Fort Goryokaku is located in Hakodate city, Hokkaido which usually welcomes first cherry blossoms to open, usually from late April to early May.


Fort Goryokaku is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Hokkaido. There are 1,600 cherry trees in the fort along moats. Visitors can enjoy walking in the fort, riding a boat on its moats and the spectacular overlook view of star shaped pink fort.

The best place to see overlook view of the fort is from the 100 m observation tower called Gokyokaku Tower which is located next to the fort. The tower is open from 8am to 9pm every day and 840 yen admission fee is required.

-Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭)

Map: https://bit.ly/3kLSj0O

Access: 15 mins by tram from Hakodate station to Goryokaku Koen Mae station then 10 mins walk

Best time to visit: late April to early May

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