Goryōkaku : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu( picture in Edo Period)" from National Diet Library

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Goryōkaku

LocationHakodate City, Hokkaido
Also known asYanagino Castle
"Yanagino" simply means "wetland with many Pussy willows" in Japanese, nicknamed by its location.
Type of castlestar fort
Mountain's name
DesignationSpecial historic site
Year built1866
Castle lordEdo Shogunate
Architects and designers Takeda Ayasaburō
Portrait of Hijikata Toshizō from Wikipedia
Land And Naval Battle of Hakodate from Wikipedia

Goryōkaku is also famous as the setting for the Hakodate War, the last battle of the Boshin War. 1868 (Meiji 1) On October 26,
Enomoto Takeaki and Hijikata Toshizō occupied Goryōkaku with the former Shogunate forces. The following year, a large-scale battle centered on it continued until the war ended on May 18.

Goryōkaku admission

admission fee : 500yen (Hakodate Bugyōsho) for free : GoryōKaku Park
admission time : am8-pm6 (October21-April20 : am8-pm5) reference official site (japanese)

Goryōkaku Google Map

Goryōkaku Images 

The first star-shaped western citadel in the country. 

A home base consisting of a stone wall and an earthwork is arranged at the five corners, and a low base built with the stone wall and the earthwork is also built on the outside of the basement. The largest feature is that it is not a Japanese castle with tall walls that had been the mainstream in Japan until then, and its height was suppressed. This was a forged castle style devised in France in the 16th century to accommodate the firearms that emerged and flew in all directions.
There is only one place protruding like an arrowhead "Half Moon Fortress" at the main entrance.
The bastion eliminates blind spots and allows to efficiently intercept and shoot enemies.
From the New Goryōkaku Tower (107m high) completed in 2006, you can enjoy the whole view of Goryōkaku, which is invisible from the ground, including five bastions and one half-moon basin.
Goryōkaku in Winter
A part of Hakodate Magistrate's Office was restored in 2010, now open to the general public.
A cannon used in combat.
A model of Goryōkaku

Link-1 : A fierce battle in japanese history

【north japan】Aizuwakamatsu Castle 【east japan】Kawagoe Castle 【central japan】Ueda Castle 【west japan】Tottori Castle 【west japan】 Chihaya Castle 【south japan】Shimabara Castle 【north japan】Goryōkaku

Link-2 : A star-shaped castle that only exists in Japan

【central japan】Tatsuoka Castle 【north japan】Goryōkaku


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