Traditional architecture


Goryokaku in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, was Japan's first Western-style castle, created to resemble the star-shaped fortress design prevalent in 15th-century Europe. It was established at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868) to relocate the government offices from the port area to protect them from attack by warships. The castle building is surrounded by solid earthworks and a moat.

The current Goryokaku is now preserved as a historic site and open to the public as a park, attracting numerous visitors, especially in the spring when thousands of cherry trees come into bloom. Inside the park is a replica building of the then-government office, which visitors can enter to see various features, including tatami-floored corridors and a large hall. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try taking out one of the rental boats on the moat and enjoy the seasonal views?

Be sure to visit the observation deck of the 107-meter-tall Goryokaku Tower and marvel at the panoramic view of Goryokaku. At night, the contrast between the glittering night view of Hakodate City and the star-shaped Goryokaku is very romantic.

Map of Japan. Hokkaido located north of Tokyo

The best spot for viewing illuminated Goryokaku in winter is the observation floor of the Goryokaku Tower.

Reasons to choose ANA

  • Tokyo



    • Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Osaka



    • Approximately 1 hour 35 minutes