This is a timeline of events as depicted or mentioned in Golden Kamuy series. As Golden Kamuy is a historical manga, there are many references to real-time events.
- May 31: Toshizou Hijikata is born in Musashi Province.
- May 23: Shinpachi Nagakura is born in Musashi Province.
- July: Perry Expedition happens.
- March: The Convention of Kanagawa is concluded.
- July: The Treaty of Amity and Commerce is signed between Japan and the USA.
- September: Ansei Purge happens.
- March (circa): Hijikata Toshizou is officially enrolled at the Tennen Rishin-ryū’s Shieikan dōjō.
- March: Sakuradamon Incident.
- The Ainu take the gold dust that have spent several years gathering and hide it in the Russian consulate in Hakodate.
- September: Namamugi Incident.
- Nagakura becomes a guest at the Shieikan dōjō.
- March: The Rōshigumi is organized. Hijikata and Nagakura are assigned to the third corp.
- April: The Rōshigumi splits. Serizawa Kamo, Isami Kondou and others organize the Mibu Rōshigumi. Hijikata Toshizō and Nagakura Shinpachi join the Kondō faction.
- May: The bombardment by the Chōshū Domain of a foreign ship affair.
- August: Anglo-Satsuma War.
- August 18: Political change: the Rōshigumi is honored for its achievements in this period and renamed Shinsengumi.
- September (circa): Hijikata becomes the Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi. As the right arm of Isami Koundou, who became the director, he maintains security in Kyōto.
- Youichirou and Hijikata meet in Kyōto.
- July: The Ikedaya incident occurs. Kondou Isami, Nagakura Shinpachi and others attacks the men of Chōshū and Tosa Domains of the Sonno Jōi faction. Hijikata Toshizou secured the entrance and exit around Ikedaya and protected the credit of the Shinsengumi.
- Kinmon incident (Crimson gate incident).
- The bombardment by a fleet of 4 nations at Shimonoseki affair.
- December: First Chōshū expedition.
- March: Satchō Alliance occurs.
- July: Second Chōshū expedition.
- August 2: Kiroranke is born in the Amur river basin.
- December 25: Tokushirou Tsurumi is born.
- Western-style horse racing is held in Negishi.
- November: Restoration of imperial rule.
- Great Order of the Restoration of the Royal Government
- The Boshin War begins starting with the battle between Toba and Fushimi
- March: Nagakura Shinpachi meets Kondō Isami, who had been defeated in the Battle of Kōshū-Katsunuma, and splits with the Shinsengumi
- April: The Charter Oath
- Bloodless opening of Edo Castle. Kondou Isami, who was captured by the new government army, is executed.
- Clog skating, commonly known as “gerori”, spreads explosively in Ezo in the latter half of the Edo period.
- June: Battle of Aizu.
- October: Edo is called Tōkyō, the Meiji era starts.
- December: The Battle of Hakodate (Boshin War - Battle of Goryokaku). Hijikata Toshizou fights with Murahashi Hisanari, the commander of the new government army. In this war, Inudou Shirosuke’s older brother served in the new government army. He dies in battle.
- Battle of Miyako Bay. Hijikata Toshizou, on the warship Kaiten, launches a naval boarding attack (French: Abordage) on the new government warship, Kotetsu.
- Hijikata Toshizou is captured by the new government army and is treated as a prisoner of war
- Takeaki Enomoto, President of the Republic of Ezo, surrenders. As a result, the Battle of Hakodate ends with the victory of the new government army, and the Boshin War ends.
- July: Returning the land to the emperor implementation.
- August: “Ezo” is renamed “Hokkaido”. Around this time, “Hakodate” began to change to “Hakodate” notation.
- The Ainu buy land in Hokkaido from Enomoto. The contract is carried over to the Meiji Government, and the Ainu pay using half of the gold.
- August: Implementation of the abolition of the han system.
- The “Solar Calendar”, or Gregorian Calendar is adopted the day following December 2, Meiji 5, which becomes January 1, Meiji 6 (regulated as January 1, 1873 in the Gregorian calendar).
- January: Military conscription issued by the Ministry of Army.
- February: The ban on Christian faith was lifted.
- Heinojou Koito, Koito Otonoshin’s older brother, is born.
- Military settler colonists system is established. It is implemented from the following year.
- August: The Treaty of Saint Petersburg with the Russian empire is concluded. It’s established that South Sakhalin is the new borderline with the Japanese territory.
- March: Promulgation of the Sword Abolishment Edict.
- Murawashi Hisanari, a pioneer government official, is involved in the establishment of a brewery (later Sapporo Breweries).
- February: Satsuma Rebellion.
- Roller skates are introduced to Japan.
- February 25: Tokishige Usami is born.
- February - March:
- Abnormal weather occurred in winter leading to mass death of Ezo deer due to heavy snow, storms and cold.
- Hokkaido wolves are in danger of extinction due to low deer prey.
- March: Emperor Alexander II of Russia is assassinated by Wilk and Kiroranke.
- September: Kabato prisoner’s accommodation facility (later Kabato prison) opened. Hijikata is also imprisoned in this prison.
- Nagakura Shinpachi becomes a swordsman instructor at Kabato prison and starts instructing guards.
- Military settler colonists uses cannons to converge locust plague.
- January: The Hokkaidō Government Office is established.
- December 23: Otonoshin Koito is born.
- Nagakura Shinpachi retires from his role of kenjutsu teacher in Kabato prison.
- May: Forming of the First Division of the Imperial Japanese Army.
- Sakamoto Keiichirou, the lightning bandit, is imprisoned in Kabato prison.
- February: The Imperial Japanese Constitution is proclaimed.
- "Is this the last confirmed sighting of an Ezo wolf?"
- March: Abashiri public prison office Abashiri prison is opened.
- November: The Imperial Japanese Constitution is in force.
- Most of the Hokkaido wolves are said to have been exterminated and allegedly extinct.
- An albino bear cub is captured in the Soya region and raised by the Ueno Zoo.
- Wilk, Kiroranke, and Sofia go to Hasegawa Kouichi's Photo Studio to learn Japanese
- Wilk and Kiroranke walk on the ice field to Sakhalin, Sofia remains in Russia. After this, Wilk travels to Hokkaido and meets Inkarmat.
- Opening of mining in the Yubari Coal Mine.
- Hijikata’s favorite gun, the Winchester model M1892, is designed and manufactured.
- Usami kills his friend Tomoharu Takagi at the dojo in front of Tsurumi's eyes. Tsurumi covers for them both, which results in Tsurumi being expelled from the 2nd Division and demoted to a position in Hokkaido.
- Tsurumi’s favorite gun, the Borchardt pistol, is designed and manufactured.
- Shiraishi Yoshitake makes a plan to escape from the child prison.
- July 25: Start of the First Sino-Japanese War.
- September 17: Heinojou Koito dies in the Battle of the Yalu River.
- The only son of Nihei Tetsuzou dies in the Sino-Japanese War.
- End of the First Sino-Japanese War.
- Around the end of the Sino-Japanese War, Igogusa's letters to Tsukishima interrupt.
- April: Signing of the treaty of Shimonoseki (Sino-Japanese Treaty).
- Tsurumi arrives in Shibata, Niigata prefecture to meet Master Takeda.
- Sakamoto Keiichirou escapes from Kabato prison during outside labor. After this, he has a fateful encounter with O-gin.
- Nihei goes hunting with Kirawus. It’s in this circumstance, he is told why Nihei favors the Murata rifle.
- May: Forming of the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army with military settler colonists
- The last Ezo Wolf fur export trade was done by the Hakodate fur trader, Matsushita Kumatsuki.
- The Sulfur mining by Abashiri Prison prisoners is stopped.
- The mine on Mt. Io between Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo is closed.
- Tsukishima is imprisoned for patricide. Tsurumi visits him in prison.
- Record for that annual herring catch which is of 975 000 tons.
- Shiraishi Yoshitake, after being imprisoned at Kabato Prison, goes around prisons all over the country and gained the nickname of Escape King.
- Tsurumi and Tsukishima travel to Vladivostok while undercover.
- Gold is discovered in the Esashi basin. The dawn of the Hokkaido version of the gold rush.
- Koito and Tsurumi meet for the first time in Kagoshima.
- Hijikata, who has been imprisoned in Kabato Prison for about 20 years, reunites with Nagakura. After that, Hijikata is transferred to Abashiri Prison.
- Sugimoto travels to Tokyo for the first time. He meets Mokutarou Kikuta and helps him by posing as Yuusaku Hanazawa for marriage interviews with Kaeko Kaneko. Sugimoto meets Yuusaku in person.
- After meeting with Hidenobu Okuda, Tsurumi is tasked with finding the Ainu gold by the Central.
- Sugimoto's disguise as Yuusaku is exposed after a sudden encounter with Tsurumi, Tsukishima, Usami, and Ogata.
- Okuda transfers Kikuta to 7th Division and orders him to spy on Tsurumi. Ogata is given the same task, although he and Kikuta are told to work independently.
- January: Anglo-Japanese Alliance.
- Tsurumi stages Koito's kidnapping with the help of Tsukishima, Ogata, and Kikuta. The case reaches a positive resolution thanks to Tsurumi’s cooperation. After this, Koito Otonoshin enters the Army Military Academy.
- Seven Ainu who were transferring gold are killed by someone in Tomakomai. Among the victims is Ariko Rikimatsu’s father.
- A fleeing Wilk is arrested at Lake Shikotsu. When imprisoned in Abashiri Prison, he tattooes the prisoners with a secret code.
- January: Hakkōda Mountains incident. Ariko Rikimatsu joins the search team for distress cases.
- Sugimoto Saichi joins the 1st Division of the Imperial Japanese Army.
- Some military settler colonists transfer the tattooed prisoners. At this time, Hijikata Toshizou and others kill the military settler colonists and escape. Twenty-four tattooed prisoners are unleashed.
- February 8: Start of the Russo-Japanese War.
- August 1: Siege of Port Arthur battle begins. The 1st Division, to which Sugimoto belongs, and the 7th Division, to which Tsurumi, Ogata, Tanigaki, Kiroranke and others belong, are thrown into battle. Hokkaido 7th Division, Shikoku 11th Division, Kanazawa 9th Division, and Tōkyō 1st Division are the ones that fight at 203 hill.
- Lieutenant Tsurumi sees Sugimoto the Immortal in battle for the first time and is fascinated by him.
- Tanigaki Genjirou meets Sugimoto Saichi, a survivor of the White Sash Brigade.
- Tanigaki learns the truth about what happened to his sister and best friend.
- Ogata Hyakunosuke shoots and kills his half-brother Second Lieutenant Hanazawa Yuusaku.
- Lieutenant Tsurumi, gaining total control of the battle, raises the national flag on the summit of the 203 hill.
- January 2: Siege of Port Arthur battle ends.
- February 20: The Battle of Mukden begins.
- Sometime during the battle, Tsukishima finds out about Tsurumi's lies and confronts him. Tsurumi and Tsukishima are injured in an explosion, part of Tsurumi’s head is blown away.
- While being transported the injured Lieutenant Tsurumi and Sergeant Tsukishima pass by Saichi Sugimoto, who carries his childhood friend Toraji.
- Saichi Sugimoto takes care of dying Toraji.
- March 10: The Battle of Mukden ends.
- September 5: End of the Russo-Japanese War. The Treaty of Portsmouth (Japan-Russia Peace Treaty) with the Russian Empire is concluded
- Noboribetsu is designated as a recreation area for the Russo-Japanese War victims of the 7th Division.
- Hijikata Toshizou asks Kiroranke about Kochōbe Asuko.
- Sugimoto Saichi delivers the remains of Toraji to Umeko.
- Ogata kills his father, Lieutenant General Koujirou Hanazawa. This is passed for a suicide
- September: The first issue of Shoujo Sekai, a magazine that Sugimoto likes reading, is published.
- South Manchuria Railway Co., Ltd., a special company of the Empire of Japan, is established.
- Saichi Sugimoto goes to Otaru, Hokkaido in search of gold dust