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Hakodate occupies a unique place on the Japanese landscape, both literally and gastronomically speaking.

Facing the Tsugaru Strait from its position on the southern shores of Hokkaido’s Oshima Peninsula, the city grew from a small Ainu fishing village to become, in 1854, Japan’s first port open to foreign trade after the Sakoku Edict restricted such commerce in 1635.

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