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Hakodate(häkō`dä`tā), city (1990 pop. 307,249), extreme SW Hokkaido, Japan, on the Tsugaru Strait. Opened (1854) to U.S. ships and a little later (1857) to general foreign trade, it was the chief port of the island until recently replaced by SapporoSapporo
, city (1990 pop. 1,671,742), capital of Hokkaido prefecture, SW Hokkaido, Japan. It is one of Japan's most rapidly growing urban centers. Food processing, electronics, beer, lumbering, woodworking, and printing are the major industries.
..... Click the link for more information. . It is linked with Aomori on Honshu by the Seikan Tunnel. A commercial and industrial center, the city's main industries are fishing, shipbuilding, and food processing. Of interest is the Goryokaku, the fort where the Tokugawa shogun made his last stand.
a city and port in Japan, on the southern coast of Hokkaido. Population, 303,700 (1974). In addition to the construction and repair of ships, industry is represented by petroleum refining, fish canning, sawmilling, and the manufacture of machine tools. The city also has chemical, wood-products, and cement industries. Hakodate’s port handled 33.5 million tons of cargo in 1975. The city has a university. In 1977 construction began on an underwater tunnel between Hakodate and the port of Aomori on Honshu.