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Sapporo Clock Tower!

This time, we'll introduce the video "Sapporo 'Sapporo Clock Tower,'" a video tour of Sapporo City Clock Tower, a popular tourist attraction in Sapporo City (札幌市, Sapporo-Shi), Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaido)!

The Sapporo Clock Tower is a distinctive building with a large clock on a triangular roof in Sapporo City, Hokkaido.
The Sapporo Clock Tower is the oldest existing clock tower in Japan and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
In this article, we introduce the Sapporo Clock Tower alongside the video.

What Is the Sapporo Clock Tower?

Image of Hokkaido・Sapporo Clock Tower
Photo:Hokkaido・Sapporo Clock Tower

The Sapporo Clock Tower is a historical building built in 1876 as the former Sapporo Agricultural College's (currently Hokkaido University) martial arts dojo (enbujo).
As you can see from 1:50 in the video, the signboard that says "enbujo" is still there.

This mechanical clock tower was installed in the building in 1881.
The clock is a pendulum-type tower clock made in the United States.
The clock tower was purchased by the Sapporo City Government in 1896, and the building was used as a library and public hall before being used as an exhibition hall.

More About the Sapporo Clock Tower

The area where the Sapporo Clock Tower is located is also known as the birthplace of Hokkaido University.
Many documents from the Hokkaido University Library are displayed at the Sapporo Clock Tower as well.
As you can see from 2:41 in the video, a photo of "Bell of Clock Tower," a song written by Tetsuo Takashina in 1922, played on the violin, is displayed in the exhibition room on the first floor.

Additionally, from 4:11 in the video, you can see a reproduction of the auditorium on the second floor of the Sapporo Clock Tower and the inner workings of the clock.

Sightseeing Around Sapporo Clock Tower

Image of Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill・Clark Statue
Photo:Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill・Clark Statue

In the vicinity of the Clock Tower in Sapporo City, you can see the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office Building), and also Hokkaido University, known for the famous words of Dr. Clark, the first vice principal of the university, who said "Boys, be ambitious!"
The former Sapporo Agricultural College's dojo was constructed based on the concept that Dr. Clark produced, and in 2017, a statue of Dr. Clark was installed in the Sapporo Clock Tower.

You can also enjoy other local delicacies in Sapporo, such as ramen and seafood bowls.
There are also many places where you can buy souvenirs nearby.
The Sapporo Clock Tower also hosts concerts and events, so be sure to check out their schedule when visiting.

Summary of the Sapporo Clock Tower

Image of Hokkaido・Sapporo Clock Tower
Photo:Hokkaido・Sapporo Clock Tower

This video captures the charm of the Sapporo Clock Tower in Hokkaido.
The Sapporo Clock Tower underwent a renovation in 2018 and now looks refreshed and beautiful.

Unfortunately, the Sapporo Clock Tower is surrounded by buildings and is unfortunately one of the "three most disappointing spots in Japan" due to its less-than-ideal view.
However, if you actually visit and tour the museum, you'll be able to enjoy a facility that gives you a sense of Japan's history and culture.
If you're looking for places in Hokkaido that are perfect for your Instagram, Sapporo Clock Tower is the place to go!

◆Sapporo Clock Tower Facility Information◆
【Address】Kita 1-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-Ward, Sapporo
【Access】A 10-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station, a 5-minute walk from Odori Subway Station
【Admission Fee】Adults: 200 JPY, Free for high school students and younger

【Official Website】Sapporo Clock Tower:HOME

【Tripadvisor】Sapporo Clock Tower

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Last Updated : Nov. 22, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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