Goryokaku in Hakodate is truly a sinful tourist attraction. Goryokaku is cool not only for its historical value as the site of the Hakodate War, the last of a series of Boshin wars, but also for its shape. Unlike traditional Japanese castles, Goryokaku is shaped like a five-pointed star with few blind spots on the defensive side, a characteristic of early modern European-style castles. However, the shape cannot be appreciated simply by crawling on the ground. No matter how much you stroll around inside Goryokaku beyond the moat, you will only see the reconstructed Hakodate Magistrate's Office standing there, and it is difficult to experience the distinctive castle formations that are the highlight of Goryokaku. In other words, it is difficult to tell whether or not Goryokaku is in the shape of a five-pointed star just by visiting the Goryokaku itself.
For this reason, a fee-based observation tower called Goryokaku Tower has been erected on the side so that visitors can view the shape of Goryokaku from the sky. This is the reason why I think it is sinful. It is free to walk around Goryokaku itself, but if you want to feel the shape of Goryokaku with your own eyes, you have to pay for it. I felt it was similar to a smartphone game where the main game is free, but you have to purchase paid options in order to enjoy it.
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