[Sapporo Clock Tower in Sapporo] One of 3 Worst Disappointed Tourist Attractions in Japan Makes Many Tourists Smile
July 11th, 2017
Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower (札幌市時計台) is a historical building built in 1978 in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and has been designated as a national important cultural property. It is well-known as a symbol of the Sapporo, and one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Sapporo. The clock tower is next to Sapporo City Hall (札幌市役所), Hokkaido Newspaper Head Office (北海道新聞本社) and Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (札幌商工会議所), and is also near Odori Park (大通公園) and Sapporo Sosei Square (さっぽろ創世スクエア). The appearance is lit up in the evening. Admission fee is JPY 200. A parking lot is not provided.
The official name of the clock tower is "Former Drill Hall of Sapporo Agricultural College (旧札幌農学校演武場)". The Sapporo Agricultural College is the current Hokkaido University (北海道大学). The first vice-principal is Dr. Clark (クラーク博士). He is one of the most famous foreigners in Hokkaido, and is well-known for "Boys, be ambitious". By the way, tourists can view the Sapporo Clock Tower from the rooftop of the Sapporo City Hall in the summer season. It is an interesting view. Admission free. In addition, the clock tower can be seen from a terrace on the 2nd Floor of Sapporo MN Building.
The Sapporo Clock Tower is famous for the 3 Worst Disappointed Tourist Attractions in Japan (日本三大がっかり名所) together with Harimaya Bridge (はりまや橋) in Kochi and Oranda-zaka Slope (オランダ坂) in Nagasaki. This is why tourists do not feel magnificent Hokkaido because the building is surrounded by large buildings. Of course, the tourists should control the expectation, so the tourists would not disappoint. For example, you should visit here as if a building designated as a national important cultural property with about 20 m in height were untouched to hold against a land shark in high-rise buildings of Shinjuku (新宿). But a lot of tourists take photos with a smile, so maybe here is an exhilaration spot.
Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here
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 Sapporo Clock Tower
The Sapporo Clock Tower is about 20 m tall 2-story wooden building, and is not large, so it takes about 30 minutes to look around on foot. Reference Room (資料室), Large Exhibition Room (Large Exhibition Room), a shop and a restroom are on the 1st floor, and Sapporo Clock Tower Hall (時計台ホール) is on the 2nd floor.
On the 1st floor, Documents related to the Hokkaido and the Sapporo in those days and models around the sapporo clock tower in the old days are displayed. Graduates of the Former Sapporo Agricultural College such as Mr. Kanzo Uchimura (内村鑑三), Mr. Inazo Nitobe (新渡戸稲造), Takeo Arishima (有島武郎) and Mr. Kingo Miyabe (宮部金吾) are intoroduced, too.
The Sapporo Clock Tower Hall on the 2nd floor is like a church, and a concert is sometimes held, too. A large clock made by E. Howard Watch & Clock Co. of Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1900's is display, too. I like its atomosphere like an automaton clock. At present, same type of the large clock made in 1881 is set, and is working.
Atmosphere of Sapporo Clock Tower Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 200. Child: free of charge.|
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Regular closing day||New year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Sapporo Clock Tower. 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