Goryokaku, a unique historic site, hosts a winter event titled “”Hoshi no Yume.”” The star-shaped moat surrounding the fort will be lit up with 2,000 light bulbs. The event begins in early December and ends in late February. The illuminations will be turned on from sundown to 19:00.
Goryokaku is a fort constructed at the end of the Edo Period in the mid-19th century. It is designed like a star to effectively fend off the enemy’s attacks. The perimeter is 1.8 kilometers long. There is a promenade for pedestrians along the moat, and it takes 30 to 40 minutes to make a round.
There are two ways to enjoy the Hoshi no Yume Illumination.
The first is taking a stroll along the moat around sundown. Before snowfall, the lights will reflect beautifully on the water. The moat will be frozen when snow is on the ground, and a fantastic sight will appear.
Next would be to view the Hoshi no Yume Illumination from Goryokaku Tower.
Please check the official site for business hours and ticket prices.
The view from the tower changes depending on the snowfall and weather. It turns bluish right after sundown and dark at nighttime, so consider visiting around sunset time for the best views.
Don’t miss the illuminations on the first-floor atrium of the tower.