Special Historic Site Goryokaku Fort
Japan’s first Western-style fort. It was designed by rangaku (Western Learning) scholar Ayasaburo Takeda, and built by the Shogunate as a security fortress for the north of Japan. Building commenced in 1857 and took seven years. As there are five bastions forming a star shape, it was named Goryokaku, which means “Five-Bastion Castle”. There was once a magistrate’s office, but all that remains now is an arsenal and a well. In mid-May, the Hakodate Goryokaku Festival is held, with a re-creation of the revolutionary parades that took place at the time it was built.
- 44 Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate
- Official site
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