Now it is a public park and everyone can enter and walk around in the rare star-shaped fort in Japan.
Hijikata Toshizo, leader of the Shinsengumi, fought and died in the battle of Hakodate.
This reads “the last place of Shinsengumi”.
In 1868, Boshin War erupted between Emperor Meiji and Tokugawa shogunate. Edo, Shogun’s capital was occupied. Shogunate Navy refused to surrendered then moved their fleet to Hakodate and occupied Goryokaku.
On December 25, former troops of Tokugawa Shogunate became rebels and found Ezo Republic.
With overwhelming power Emperor Meiji troops defeated Ezo Republic.
Goryokaku regained peace.
There is few building in Goryokaku, but you can walk along the line of star.
It is a good place to think about Meiji Restoration.