[Botanic Garden Hokkaido University in Sapporo] About 4,000 Types of Plants or Historical Building Are Enjoyed at Green Oasis
August 18th, 2016
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).
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. Article is here
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 near the Sapporo Station. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo(JRタワーホテル日航札幌)|
|Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo(京王プラザホテル札幌)|
|Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo(三井ガーデンホテル札幌)|
|City Cabin by Nikoh Refre(シティキャビン by ニコーリフレ)|
|Sapporo Grand Hotel(札幌グランドホテル)|
|New Otani Inn Sapporo(ニューオータニイン札幌)|
|Hotel Hokke Club Sapporo(ホテル法華クラブ札幌)|
|APA Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekimae(アパホテル ＴＫＰ札幌駅前)|
|Cross Hotel Sapporo(クロスホテル札幌)|
|Hotel Sapporo Garden Palace(ホテル札幌ガーデンパレス)|
|Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル札幌駅前)|
|Hotel Pearl City Sapporo(ホテルパールシティ札幌)|
|Century Royal Hotel Sapporo(センチュリーロイヤルホテル)|
|UNIZO Inn Sapporo(ユニゾイン札幌)|
|Sapporo Sumire Hotel(札幌すみれホテル)||
|Hotel Gracery Sapporo(ホテルグレイスリー札幌)|
|Hotel Clubby Sapporo(ホテルクラビーサッポロ)|
|Royton Sapporo Hotel(ロイトン札幌)|
|Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Kitayojo(ホテルルートイン札幌北四条)|
|Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo(ホテルモントレエーデルホフ札幌)|
|Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(ネストホテル札幌駅前)|
|JR Inn Sapporo(ＪＲイン札幌)|
|ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo(ＡＮＡクラウンプラザホテル札幌)|
|Sapporo Clark Hotel(札幌クラークホテル)|
|Hotel Mystays Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(ホテルマイステイズ札幌駅北口)|
|Apa Hotel TKP Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(アパホテル(TKP札幌駅北口) EXCELLENT)|
|Hotel Route Inn Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(ホテルルートイン 札幌駅前北口)|
|Toyoko Inn Sapporoeki Kitaguchi(東横イン札幌駅北口)||
|Hotel My Stays Sapporo Aspen(ホテルマイステイズ札幌アスペン)|
|Hotel Sunroute Sapporo(ホテルサンルート札幌)||
|Hotel WBF Sapporo North Gate(ホテルWBF札幌ノースゲート)|
|Hotel Keihan Sapporo(ホテル京阪 札幌)|
|Hotel Mets Sapporo(ホテルメッツ札幌)||
|HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo-Ekimae(ホテルリブマックス札幌駅前)|
|Hokkaido Christian Center(北海道クリスチャンセンター)||
A page of Sapporo is here