- August 18th, 2016
[Botanic Garden Hokkaido University in Sapporo] About 4,000 Types of Plants or Historical Building Are Enjoyed at Green Oasis
- Botanic Garden Hokkaido University
- Look of Botanic Garden
- List of Activities
- Sapporo One-Day Bus Tours
- Sightseeing Taxi
- Canoe Tour
- Outdoor Activities
- Horse Trekking and Horseback Riding
- Japanese Kimono Rental and Lolita Fashion
- Ninja Experience, Calligraphy Experience and Tea Ceremony Experience
- Pottery Experience and Craft Experience
- Flower Arrangement
- Skiing and Cross-country Skiing
- List of Accommodations
Botanic Garden Hokkaido University
Botanic Garden Hokkaido University (北海道大学植物園) is a botanical garden in Chuo ward, Sapporo city. The official name is Hokkaido University Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere Agro-ecosystem Research Station Botanic Garden (北海道大学北方生物圏フィールド科学センター耕地圏ステーション植物園). It was established by Dr. William Smith Clark's suggestion in 1886. * The W. S. Clark is the first president of the Hokkaido University. About 4,000 types of plants are planted, and historical buildings have been maintained and preserves the condition from those days. The area is 133,000 m2, and I suppoese that it takes about 2 hours to look around carefully on foot. The botanical garden is well-known as a green oasis of the downtown of the Sapporo. The distnace is about 1 km away from main buildings of the Hokkaido University, so be careful not to make a mistake. Besides, here is also famous as a good place to see fall foliage, and the best time to see it is from mid October to late October. Admission fee is JPY 420. A parking lot is not provided. By the way, here is open to the public for free on May 4 (Greenery Day (National Holiday).
The Hokkaido University is a national university in Kita ward, Sapporo city, and is close to the Sapporo Station. Its common name is Hokudai (ほくだい). Its antecedent is Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農学校). Dr. Clark, one of founders, and his words Boys be ambitious become well-known. The area is 1.77 million m2 in the center of the Sapporo, and the site looks like a national park with a lot of huge trees. A part of university grounds are open to the public, and visitors can look around. Central Lawn (中央ローン), Bust of Dr. Clark (クラーク博士の胸像), Elm Grove (エルムの森), Hokkaido University Museum (北海道大学総合博物館), Monument in Honor of Dr. Inazo Nitobe (新渡戸稲造博士顕彰碑), Ono Pond (大野池), Poplar Trees Lined Path (ポプラ並木) and Ginko Trees Lined Road (イチョウ並木) are famous. The university grounds are a long site that extends north to south, and stretches 4 subway stations, Subway Nanboku Line "Sapporo Station", Subway Nanboku Line "Kita-12jo Station", Subway Nanboku Line "Kita-18jo Station" and Subway Nanboku Line "Kita-24jo Station". In case of walking, I suppose that it takes 30-120 minutes on foot. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, and fresh green plants can be enjoyed in a summer, and fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow views can be enjoyed in a winter. Especially, in the summer, tourists can feel an idyllic impression in a scenery of green plants, the blue sky and school buildings. Read More
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Read More
Look of Botanic Garden
Northern People Museum (北方民族資料館), Miyabe Kingo Memorial Museum (宮部金吾記念館), Museum Hall (博物館), A Group of Important Cultural Property Buildings such as Batchelor Memorial Hall (バチェラー記念館等), Northern Peoples Ethnobotanical Garden (北方民族植物標本園), Herbaceous Plants Garden (草本文化園), Rose Garden (バラ園), Shrub Garden (灌木園), Arboretum (樹木園), Wetland Plants Garden (湿地園), Canadian Rock Garden (カナディアンロックガーデン), Alpine Plants Rock Garden (高山植物園), Greenhouses and public restrooms are at the large site. Only the entrance is provided at the east side of the botanic garden.
At the Northern People Museum, Documents about indigenuous people (Ainu people and Uilta) of Hokkaido related life tools, courtesy tools, hunting tools, clothing are displayed. A moive related to Ainu Culture was shown at the building when I visited here.
The Miyabe Kingo Memorial Museum is a part of a campus of Sapporo Agricultural School (札幌農学校) built in 1901 originally, and was rebuilt to display a lot of memorabilia related Dr. Kingo Miyabe, the first director, in 1942. Unfortunately, a photography is prohibited at the building. A lilac, the oldest lilac in the Sapporo, is planted near the building. It is said that Ms. Sarah Clara Smith, a founder of Hokusei Gakuen University in the Sapporo, brought it from United States of America in 1890.
At the Shrub Garden, about 150 types of shrubs naive in the Hokkaido are planted.
About 40 lilacs are planted along a avenue. The best time to see it is from late May to mid June.
At the Northern Peoples Ethnobotanical Garden, about 200 types of plants used by the Ainu, the Uilta and Nivkh are planted.
At the Herbaceous Plants Garden, about 150 types of plants are planted.
At the Rose Garden, About 20 types of 200 roses are planted. The best time to see those is from late June to late July.
The Museum Hall built in 1882 is the oldest museum in the Hokkaido, and has been designated as a national important cultural property. Stuffed Yezo Wolves are displayed only in the museum in the world, and the stuffed Taro (タロ), a Sakhalin dog, that is famous for the popular Japanese movie "Antarctica (南極物語)" is displayed, too. In addition, the building is used as a setting of a popular Japanese anime "Golden Kamuy". The building appears in 50 seconds of a promotion video below.
The Alpine Plants Rock Garden is a motif of 8 stations, Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) in Higashi-taisestu region. About 600 types of the alpine plants are planted.
At the Canadian Rock Garden, about 150 types of plants in North American Continent are planted.
The Greenhouse has building A and building B, and a pond with lotus flowers is outside. The building A has a tropical rain forest room, a subtropical room and a fern room, and tropical plants are admired. The building B has an insectivore and orchid room, fleshy plant room.
Atmosphere of Botanic Garden Hokkaido University Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 300. * Admission fee of over 12 years old people is JPY 120 during winter season.|
|Parking lot||A parking is not provided|
|Business hour||From April 29 to September 30 09:00-16:30. From October 01 to November 03 09:00-16:00|
|Regular closing day||Monday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 521 324*85|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Chuo Ward. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Sapporo is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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