Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo Clock Tower

The clock tower was built in 1878 as a theatrical hall of the Sapporo Agricultural School, present day Hokkaido University. The idea behind the tower came from Dr. Clark who was the school’s first vice principal. It was used as a facility where Agricultural School students conducted their military training and physical education, and as the main hall where commencement and other ceremonies were held. Its main characteristic is the balloon-type wooden architecture, popular in the mid and western regions of America during the frontier era. It is well known for its red roof and white walls, but during the time that it was used as the public library the color of its walls is said to have been green. Visitors can learn about the history of the Clock Tower, including the incident of the big fire, in the exhibition room on the first floor.

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Sapporo Clock Tower

Address
Kita 1-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open
8:45 - 17:10 (admission till 17:00)
Closed
January 1-3
Fee
Admission: Adults ¥200
Parking
Not availabel
Telephone
011-231-0838
Website
http://sapporoshi-tokeidai.jp/english/
Access
10-minute walk from Sapporo Station on the JR Line and Subway Namboku and Toho Lines
5-minute walk from Odori Station on the Subway Namboku and Tozai Lines
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Night View

Night View

Hokkaido, which features no less than 5 of the top 100 best night views in Japan, as chosen by night-view lovers, can be said to be a mecca of night views, alongside the likes of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka and Hyogo. Sapporo, in particular, has a large number of night view spots, including Mount Moiwa and JR Tower Observation Deck T38, which were selected for inclusion in the top 100 best night views in Japan, in addition to Sapporo TV Tower and NORBESA ferris wheel in the Odori Park / Susukino district, Okurayama Viewing Point at the top of the ski-jump platform, and Asahiyama Memorial Park. We introduce “Sapporo’s best night view spots”, carefully selected from the local viewpoint of Sapporo residents.

Recommended early morning breakfast spots around town for dining while sightseeing in Sapporo

Recommended early morning breakfast spots around town for dining while sightseeing in Sapporo

Dining is one of the highlights of sightseeing in Sapporo. Hotel breakfasts are quite good, but we also recommend visitors to wake up early at least once and head out for a walk to find breakfast at a restaurant frequented by Sapporo locals. Imagine a bustling weekday morning with people heading to work, or a slow weekend morning spent drinking coffee. After enjoying breakfast like a Sapporoite, head out to one of Sapporo’s history, nature, art or culture spots. Get the most out of your morning in the city!

We recommend walking around town with a guide who is knowledgeable about the sightseeing attractions to maximize your enjoyment in Sapporo

We recommend walking around town with a guide who is knowledgeable about the sightseeing attractions to maximize your enjoyment in Sapporo

We recommend taking a guided tour to maximize your enjoyment of Sapporo’s sightseeing attractions. By walking with a guide who is knowledgeable about Sapporo you won’t miss any of the interesting spots, and you’ll get the inside scoop about the city’s history that you won’t find in any guide book. For the sights centered in the city there’s the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce Sightseeing Volunteer Guided Tour; if you’d like to extend out to the outskirts there’s the Yumedaichi Hokkaido Guide Taxis, and if you’d like a closer look at Japanese traditions through visiting temples there’s the Kamokamogawa Nostalgia Guided Tour. Which course is best for you?