Who wants to travel to Hokkaido in the winter?
Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭), located in Hakodate, Hokkaido, is a massive, star-shaped, Western-style citadel 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. After the fort had lost its military importance, it was eventually turned into a public park in the 1910s.
The “star fort” is a sight to behold all times of the year, but in the winter, you can see the Star Illumination, in which the 1.8-km perimeter of the moat illuminated so that the star shape would stand out. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful fort when looking down on it from the adjacent Goryokaku Tower. The illumination takes place from now until February 29th (from 5 PM to 8 PM)
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