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Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower built in 1878, over 130 years ago, is a symbol of the Northern area of Japan along with the Sapporo TV Tower. Before it had become a clock tower, it used to be a lecture hall of the former Sapporo Agricultural College (current Sapporo University). Different from the TV Tower, it is not only to appreciate its appearance but to feel the history of Sapporo as the clock ticks. At a certain time, you can hear the beautiful sound of the bell please your ears.
- Kyu-Sapporo Nogakko Enbujo, Kita 1-jo Nishi 2, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from South Exit, Sapporo Station on JR, or 5-min walk from Odori Station on Sapporo Municipal Subway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: 4th Monday (When holiday, the next day), None from May to October
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- 200 yen, free for students under senior high school age
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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There is an exhibition hall on the first floor to exhibit the development history of Hokkaido, the details of the structure of the clock, the introduction of the Clock Tower-themed music, and so on. If you are interested in the history of Hokkaido, take your time to learn here. The more you learn, you may feel a sense of affinity toward the Clock Tower.
Going up on the second floor, the stately hall that reminds you of a church will captivate your eyes. The arranged 4-seated benches reproduce the appearance of the lecture hall of that time. A clock structured in the same way as the clock on the tower is also displayed, and you can learn about its machinery.
The best photographing point is the chalky white exterior. Enjoy taking pictures of the tower, a symbol of Hokkaido's pioneering history, from many different angles. Not many people know that the second-floor terrace of the building opposite to the tower is open for the public to view the Clock Tower.