Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

The Baur Collection: Japanese Sword-Fittings and Associated Metalwork Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877

Goryōkaku Fort

Goryōkaku Fort is classified as a flatland castle (its layout: Bastion), and is located in Hokkaidō. During the pre-modern age, it found itself within the borders of Ezochi Province. It is associated with the Tokugawa clan. Dates in use: 1866 - 1869.

The castle's layout is thus, for it's ability to withstand damage from cannon fire while at the same time allow many cannons to be placed on its walls. Significantly, it is the site of the final battle of the Edo period & of Japan's feudal era.


1857 Construction of the castle commenced.
1866 Construction was completed.
1869 The castle fell to imperial forces.
2006 Reconstruction of the magistrate's office commenced.
2010 The magistrate's office was completed.

Historical recognition

SiteSpecial National Historic Site