Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭, Goryōkaku) is a massive, star shaped, Western style citadel, which was built in the last years of the Edo Period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by the Western powers. A few years later, the fort became the site of a civil war between an army of the shogunate and the superior troops of the newly established Meiji government.
Hours and Fees
8:00 to 19:00 (late April to late October)
9:00 to 18:00 (late October to late April)
No closing days
Adults 900 yen
Former Magistrate’s Office
44-3, Goryoukaku-cho, Hakodate 040-0001
9am to 6pm (until 5pm from November through March); admission ends 15 minutes before closing.
The Former Magistrate’s Office is closed December 31 to January 3, and a small number of irregular days. Please call 0138-51-2864 to check.
Adults 500 yen, 20 or more 400 yen;
Children 250 yen, 20 or more 200 yen;
Preschool children are free.