• May 7th, 2015
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[Goryokaku Park in Hakodate] One of Great Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido

Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park (五稜郭公園) is a fromer fort in the center of Hakodate city located in the northeastern part of Hakodate Station, and is well-known as the Japan's first Western-style fort built in 1866, and is one of only 2 pentagon forts in the Japan together with Tatsuoka Castle (龍岡城) in Nagano prefecture. The Goryokaku is also famous as the last place that the former Tokugawa Shogunate Army fought with the new government during the Boshin War (戊辰戦争), and is open to general public at present, and a lot of tourists come. The Goryokaku Park is one of great places to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido, and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom from late April to mid May, and a lot of tourists from all over the Japan or overseas tourists come to savor. In an autumn, leaves of the cherry trees turn into red color, and the park is well-known as a good place to see the fall foliage, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided.

Goryokaku Park Covered with Cherry Blossoms
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

Movie of Goryokaku Park

Moat
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Bank
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

Goryokaku Tower (五稜郭タワー展望台) with about 100 m in height is built at the out of the former Goryokaku Fort, and is a landmark of the Hakodate. Around the top of the tower has 2 observation floors, 1st observation floor and 2nd observation floor, and the views are very good, and those have a bird's-eye view of the former Goryokaku Fort in four seasons, daytime and early evening. Mt. Hakodate (函館山) and the downtown of the Hakodate as well as the Goryokaku Park can be viewed, too. Admission fee is JPY 900. Atrium is built at the foot of the Goryokaku Tower, and it has a souvenir shop, resting places, an event space and restaurants. Admission free.

Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Summer Goryokaku Park
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Goryokaku Park Covered with Fall Foliage
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Goryokaku Park Covered with Snow
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Goryokaku Park Lit up
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

There are Hakodate Magistrate's Office (箱館奉行所), Provisions Warehouse (兵糧庫), a cannon, a shop and Wisteria Trellis (藤棚) at the park, and the Hakodate Magistrate's Office is available to enter for fee. Admission fee is JPY 500. The building in the center of the Goryokaku Park was built to truly depict the Hakodate Magistrate's Office of those times in 2010. As for the event, Hakodate Goryokaku Festival (箱館五稜郭祭) is held between 2days in mid May.

Wisteria Trellis near Entrance
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Hakodate Magistrate's Office
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Hakodate Magistrate's Office and Cherry Blossoms
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate
Event
Goryokaku Park Cherry Blossoms in Hakodate

Movie of Hakodate Goryokaku Festival

Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum (函館市北洋資料館), Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art (北海道立函館美術館) and Hakodate City Central Library (函館市中央図書館) are close to the park, and a lot of restaurants are built around here. I visited Ajisai Head Office (麺厨房あじさい 本店), and salt broth ramen was tasty.

Ajisai Head Office

Hakodate Noodles Studio Ajisai (函館麺厨房あじさい本店) is a popular ramen restaurant in Hakodate city and is a long-established ramen restaurant of Hakodate ramen founded in 1930. There is a building near Goryokaku Park. There is a branch in Sapporo city, but the head office is very popular, so I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. The building looks stylish, there is a cafe on the first floor and is the ramen restraunt on the second floor. The ramen restraunt has a stylish atomosphere, and interior decoration resembles a trendy shop in Shibuya or Ebisu. There are some tables and family customers seem to enjoy. Read More

Light Taste Hakodate Ramen
Salt Broth Ramen -Ajisai in Hakodate-

By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
    Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

    HAKODATE

    Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Read More

    View from Mt. Hakodate
    Hakodate

    Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido

    Cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late April in Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms in the Southern Hokkaido including Hakodate begin to bloom from late April, and in case of late blooming, the cherry blossoms in the Eastern Hokkaido and the Northern Hokkaido seem to bloom in early June. The cherry blossoms in Honshu (the main island of Japan) begin to bloom from mid March, and tourists can enjoy the cherry blossoms until too late season. If everybody forget to see the cherry blossoms in the Honshu, please visit the Hokkaido to savor the cherry blossoms. Read More

    Cherry Blossoms and Pink Moss
    Cherry Blossoms of Hokkaido Yonesato

    Cherry Blossoms at Goryokaku Park

    About 1,600 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry tree (ソメイヨシノ) are planted at the Goryokaku Park. The cherry blossoms from the Goryokaku Tower looks like pentagram decorated with the cherry blossoms, and I feel as if it is a diorama. On the other hand, the cherry blossoms on the ground are seen in every detail, and the differences of viewpoints can be enjoyed. A lots of low cherry blossoms grow on banks, and the cherry blossoms are enjoyed from lower eyesight. There are a lot of photogenic places such as a moat, and I understand that the Goryokaku Park is one of great places to see cherry blossoms in the Hokkaido.

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    View from Goryokaku Tower with Observation Floor
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    View from Goryokaku Tower with Observation Floor
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    1st Floor of Goryokaku Tower
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
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    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Goryokaku Moat
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Cherry-Blossom Viewing Picnic Party Place
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Hanging Many Lanterns
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Full of Cherry Blossoms
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Entrance of Hakodate Magistrate's Office
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    View from Bank
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    I Look at Hakodate Magistrate's Office
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Cherry Tree and Hakodate Magistrate's Office
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
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    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate
    Weeping Cherry Tree
    Cherry Tree Blossom on Goryokaku Park in Hakodate

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    Movie of Cherry Blossoms at Goryokaku Park

    Admission fee Goryokaku Park free of charge
    Hakodate Magistrate's Office Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250
    Goryokaku Tower with Observation Platform Adult: JPY 900. High and junior high school student: JPY 680. Elementary school student: JPY 450.
    Parking lot Pay parking lot is provided
    Business hour From April to October 09:00-18:00
    From November to March 09:00-17:00
    Regular closing day Hakodate Magistrate's Office: Year-end and New Year holidays. Goryokaku Tower: Open all year round.
    Telephone number +81-138-21-3111
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 86 165 148*41

      List of Activities

      Some activities are held in the Hakodate. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Sightseeing Taxi

      Donan Hire(道南ハイヤー)
      Hakodate Taxi(函館タクシー株式会社)
      ASOVIEW
      Hakodate Sightseeing Jumbo Taxi Isaribi Club(函館観光ジャンボタクシー 漁火倶楽部)
      ASOVIEW
      Five Star Club(ファイブスタークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Nakamura Sightseeing Taxi(中村観光タクシー)
      Moomoo Taxi(モーモータクシー)
      Jalan

      Guided Trekking

      Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
      Jalan

      Guided Walking Streets

      Hakodate Guided Walking Streets(函館まちあるきガイド)

      Bay Cruise

      Movie of Bay Cruise


      Hakodate Bay Cruise Blue Moon(観光遊覧船ブルームーン)
      ASOVIEW
      Kanamori Bay Cruise(金森ベイクルーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Rental Costume Kimono and Dress

      Movie of Rental Costume Kimono and Dress


      Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono and Dress(函館和洋モダン貸衣裳館)

      Rickshaw

      Movie of Rickshaw


      Ebisuya(えびす屋)

      Experiences of Making

      Movie of 710CANDLE


      710CANDLE(710CANDLE)
      ASOVIEW
      Ikuta Glass House(生田ガラス館)
      Motomachi Glass Studio(元町ガラス工房)
      ASOVIEW

      List of accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      North Part of Hakodate Downtown

        Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
        Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
        Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
        Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
        Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
        HP
        Jalan
        Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
        HP
        Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
        Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
        HP
        Jalan
        Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
        Booking
        Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
        Booking
        Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
        Booking
        Fellow House(フェローハウス)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
        Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
        HP
        Booking
        Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
        Booking
        Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
        Booking

        Yunokawa Onsen

          Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
          Booking
          Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
          Booking
          Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
          Booking
          Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
          Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
          Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
          Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
          KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
          Booking
          Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
          Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
          HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
          Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
          Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
          Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
          Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
          Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
          Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
          Booking
          Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
          Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
          Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
          Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
          Booking
          Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
          Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
          La Cachette(ラカシェット)
          Jalan
          Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
          Booking
          Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan

          South Part of Hakodate Downtown

            Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
            Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
            Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
            HP
            Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
            Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
            Jalan
            Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
            HP
            Jalan
            Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
            Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
            HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
            Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
            HP
            La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
            LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
            Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
            Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
            HP
            Jalan
            Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
            B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
            Jalan
            Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
            Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
            Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
            HP
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
            HP
            Rakuten
            Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
            HP
            Jalan
            HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
            Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
            APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
            Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
            Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
            Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
            Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
            Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
            Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
            A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
            Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
            Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
            Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
            Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
            Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
            Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
            Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
            Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
            HP
            Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
            Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
            Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
            Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
            HP
            Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
            Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
            HP
            Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
            Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
            HP
            Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
            Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
            Booking
            Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
            Booking
            Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
            Booking
            Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
            Booking
            SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
            Booking
            Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
            Booking
            THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
            Booking
            Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
            Booking
            Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
            HP
            Booking
            Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Booking.com

            A page of Hakodate is here

            Hakodate

            A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here

            Hokkaido Cherry Tree

            By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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