Hokkaido Map

Hokkaido is one of the four main islands located in the northernmost part of Japan and is blessed with rich nature and numerous national parks, including Shiretoko National Park - a World Natural Heritage site - as well as many other national parks. It has nurtured the Ainu culture. In the late Edo period (1603-1867), facing Russia's policy of territorial expansion, the Tokugawa Shogunate strengthened northern maintenance against the Russian threat. On the other hand, in the domestic central government, the Boshin War between the Tokugawa Shogunate retainers and the new Meiji Imperial Army ended at Goryokaku in Hakodate. After then, Hokkaido accelerated its development under the Meiji government.

Attractive sites

Goryokaku Fort

Goryokaku fort in spring, five-point fort in Hakodate_函館 五稜郭

Goryokaku, the final Battle base of the Boshin War. An admiral of the Tokugawa navy, Enomoto Takewaki's Samurai spirit opened the door to modernization.

Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park

Source: Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park