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[Hokkaido University in Sapporo] National University That Large Trees Grow Is Like Naiotnl Park

August 10th, 2019

Hokkaido University

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.
Campus Map of Hokkaido University

Road
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Ginko Trees Lined Road
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University
Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University, Sapporo
Hokkaido University Museum
Hokkaido University
Bust of Dr. Clark
Hokkaido University
Poplar Trees Lined Path
Hokkaido University

The Hokkaido University has about 22,000 students and faculty members, and 12 departments, the largest numbers in Japanese's national university, and 25 postgraduate courses are offered. The Hokkaido University is well-known as one of former imperial universities together with Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Tohoku University and Kyushu University, and is also famous as the university with the largest area in Japan, and the total site area of the Hokkaido University include various forests used for research is about 660 km2, and is more large than 620 km2, the total site area of 23 Wards of Tokyo. It is comparable with about 1/570 of Japanese land. The Hokkaido University also has Botanic Garden Hokkaido University (北海道大学植物園) in the center of the Sapporo. By the way, common people can join in some events. Hokkaido University Festival (北大祭) is held between 3days in early June, and Hokudai Marche (北大マルシェ) is held between 2days in mid August, and Hokkaido University Konyo Festival (北大金葉祭) is held between 2days about in late October.

Movie of Hokkaido University Festival

Movie of Hokudai Marche

Furukawa Hall
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Main Street
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Centerof Educationand ResearchforTopological Science and Technology
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Centerof Educationand ResearchforTopological Science and Technology and Fountain
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Bldg
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Administration Bureau
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Elm Grove
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Fossil
Hokkaido University

In the university grounds, some cafes and restaurants open a business, too, and common people can use those. Information Center & Elm Forest Shop (Elm-no-Mori インフォメーションセンター「エルムの森」) has a cafe and a souvenir shop, and Centennial Hall (百年記念館) has Hokudai Marche Cafe & Labo (北大マルシェカフェ&ラボ), and Clark Memorial Student Center (クラーク会館) has a cafeteria, and the Hokkaido University Museum has a cafe and a souvenir shop, and Chuo Shokudo (中央食堂) has a cafeteria, and Faculty House Trillium has Elm Restaurant, and Student Service (福利厚生会館) has Hokubu Cafeteria (北部食堂), and Creative Research Institution (創成科学共同研究機構) has Restaurant Popular (レストラン ポプラ), and Hokkaido University Hospital (北海道大学病院) has Restaurant Royal (レストランロイヤル) and a cafe. By the way, a convenience store "Seicomart" also opens a business, and their corporate color is orange, but they do not use it in agreement with the surroundings.

Information Center & Elm Forest Shop (Elm-no-Mori)
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Sakushu-kotoni River and Centennial Hall
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Seicomart
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

A good atmosphere of the Hokkaido University was used as shooting places for Japanese movie and a setting of Manga. Japanese movie "Antarctic" that Mr. Ken Takakura played the leading character and Japanese movie "Phone Call to the Bar 3" and "A Banana? At This Time of Night ?" that Mr. Yo Oizumi played the leading characters were used here as shooting places. Animal Doctor, a popular manga, is used here as a setting of the manga.

Movie of Phone Call to the Bar 3

Movie of A Banana? At This Time of Night ?

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

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). Article is here

Metasequoias
Botanic Garden Hokkaido University in Sapporo

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. Article is here

Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower

SAPPORO

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

Sapporo
札幌

Tourist Attractions of Hokkaido University

Main Gate (正門), Administration Bureau (事務局), Information Center & Elm Forest Shop (Elm-no-Mori) (インフォメーションセンター「エルムの森」), Bust of Dr. Shosuke Sato (佐藤昌介像), Elm Gifted by Mrs. Nitobe (新渡戸婦人寄贈のハルニレ), Monument of Preparatory Course (予科記念碑), Conference Hall (学術交流館), Centennial Hall (百年記念館), Furukawa Hall (古河講堂), Central Lawn (中央ローン), Sakushu-kotoni River (サクシュコトニ川), Bust of Dr. Clark (クラーク像), Clark Memorial Student Center (クラーク会館), Graduate School of Agriculture (農学部), Seiseki Monument (聖蹟碑), Former Entomology Department (旧昆虫学及養蚕学教室), Former School of Agriculture Library (旧図書館), Elm Grove (エルムの森), Wheat Research Monument (小麦研究記念碑), Hokkaido University Museum (総合博物館), Monument of Birthplace of First Artificial Snow Crystal (人工雪誕生の地記念碑), Ono Pond (大野池), Faculty House Trillium, Elm Restaurant (ファカルティハウス「エンレイソウ」), Monument in Honor of Dr. Inazo Nitobe (新渡戸稲造博士顕彰碑), Poplar Trees Lined Path (ポプラ並木), Heisei Poplar Trees Lined Path (平成ポプラ並木), Ginko Trees Lined Road (イチョウ並木), Monument of Miyakozo Yayoi Song (都ぞ弥生歌碑), Monument to Traces of dormitory (寄宿舎跡の碑), Site of Old Village (遺跡保存庭園), Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No.2 (札幌農学校第2農場), Enyu Gakusha Community Hall (遠友学舎), Hokkaido University Library (附属図書館) and Hokkaido University Archives (大学文書館) are relativley famous. My visited places are as follows.

Movie of Hokkaido University Sightseeing Spots

Hokkaido University Museum

The Hokkaido University Museum is a sightseing facility using a building built in 1929. A part of 4 million specimens, documents and art works gathered by the Hokkaido University is open to the public. Here is one of a few facilities that common people can enter, and exhibits for children are provided, too, so family tourists can enjoy themselves. Museum Shop and a cafe open a buiness at the building, too. Admission free.

Hokkaido University Museum
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Entrance
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The museum is 3-story building, and Museum Laboratory, Intellectual Hub (知の交差点), Special Exhibition Room, History of Hokkaido University (北大の歴史), Exchange of Intellect Hall (知の交流ホール) and Cutting-edge HU (北大のいま) are on the 1st floor, and Interactive Zone (感じる展示室) and the Cutting-edge HU are on the 2nd floor, and Storehouse Treasures (収蔵標本の世界) are on the 3rd floor.

Guide to HU
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Guiding Spirits
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
The Undying Spirit of Sapporo Agricultural College
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Lofty Ambition
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

At the Cutting-edge HU on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, 12 departments introduce their education and research. A stuffed polar bear and a mammoth model are personally fascinating. When I visited here, some high school students looked at exhibitions carefully, and I guessed that they took thought of their interests and future paths.

Stuffed Polar Bear
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Northern Culture
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Corridor
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Introduction of Department of Agriculture
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Rebunshiri
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Mammoth Model
北海道大学

A lot of exhibitions at the Storehouse Treasures on the 3rd floor stimulate my interest. I was surprised by the size of dinosaur fossils, and was sick of a medical specimen. Visitors can express their feelings to their own liking. A school boy looked at a biological specimen carefully, so I think collection mania spends an blissful time.

Archaeology
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Dermatology. No Photography
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Paleobiology
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Paleobiology
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Fossil
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Fossil
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Mineralogy and Petrology
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The historical building attracts notice, too. The outward appearance is a modern gothic-style building decorated with dark brown scratch tiles and terra‐cotta tiles, so I think that it is just a university building. The ceiling of stairwell is a white dome called "Einstein Dome". But it is not clearly handed down up till the present why it is the Einstein.

White Ceiling Dome
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Movie
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Microscopes
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour From 10:00 to 17:00
Regular closing day Monday. If the Monday is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day.
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 551 375*27

Central Lawn

The Central Lawn is a lawn with sparse trees, and the Sakushu-kotoni River flows through the lawn. Here is well-known as a place to relax by Sapporo Citizens and university students, and a lot of people enjoy basking in the sun or having lunch. Here is also a water source of the Sakushu-kotoni River through the university grounds. By the way, the Sakushu-kotoni means "The river nearest Toyohira River in all rivers in a basin of the Sapporo" in Ainu language. Admission free.

Sakushu-kotoni River
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Sakushu-kotoni River and Walks
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Central Lawn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Sakushu-kotoni River and Water Source of River
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Lawn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 551 202*78

Bust of Dr. Clark

Bust of Dr. Clark is a statue of the upper body of Dr. William Smith Clark, the first vice president of Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University), as a memory, and was made by Mr. Sekiro Tajima (田嶼碩朗) in 1926. But it was was taken over by the Empire of Japan in World War II. Current bust was remade in 1948, and was too much popular with tourists, so its popularity obstructed school management. In order to solve this problem, the Statue of the Dr. Clark called "Dr. Clark on Hill (丘の上のクラーク)" has been built since 1976 at Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (羊ヶ丘展望台). By the way, the Dr. Clark stayed in the Sapporo only during 8 months. I think that he is amazing because he has his name up in a short time of his stay.

Bust of Dr. Clark
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Bust of Dr. Clark
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 551 169*46

Ono Pond

A pond has been called "Ono Pond" because Dr. Kauzo Ono (大野和男), an engineering professor, suggested that a marsh with bad smells turned into the pond. At present, the Sakushu-kotoni River flows into the pond, and the pond has rose. A wooden path is built around the pond, and benches are provided, too. Sapporo Citizens and university students use here as a place to relax. In an early summer, trillium can be enjoyed, and water lily can be enjoyed in a summer, and fall foliage can be savored in an autumn. I happened to see a birdwatcher when I visited here, so wildbirds seemed to come.

Ono Pond
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Ono Pond
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Ono Pond and Fall Foliage
Hokkaido University in Sapporoイチョウ並木の黄葉
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Mapcode 9 551 553*35

Poplar Trees Lined Path

Poplar Trees Lined Path (ポプラ並木) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Hokkaido University. 67 poplar trees grow along the both sides of 250 m length path. The trees were planted in 1903, so an idyllic scenry such as a typical Hokkaido view was born. But some poplar trees were fallen by a typhoon in 2004, so visitors may feel disappointed. Flowering Tree Garden (花木園) is built beside the Poplar Trees Lined Path. By the way, Heisei Poplar Trees Lined Path (平成ポプラ並木) grow in some other place, too.

Poplar Trees Lined Path
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Poplar Trees Lined Path
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Lined Poplar Trees with Fall Foliage
Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University, Sapporo

The Monument in Honor of Dr. Inazo Nitobe, a pond and walks are built at the Flowering Tree Garden. The garden is known for Yezo Black Lily Colony, and the best time to see is late May.

Monument in Honor of Dr. Inazo Nitobe
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Flowering Tree Garden
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Pond
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Walks
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Flowering Tree Garden
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Yezo Black Lily
北海道大学
Yezo Black Lily
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Mapcode 9 551 392*31

Cherry Trees Lined Path

The Cherry Trees Lined Path grow in front of the medical department. About 30 double cherry trees are planted along walks. Most of the trees are 2-3 m height, so a tunnel of cherry blossoms appears if the cherry blossoms are full in bloom, and visitors are moved by the view. If the walks is covered with fallen cherry blossoms, the view becomes more photogenic. The best time to see is mid May.

Cherry Trees Lined Path
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Double Cherry Blossoms Are Full in Bloom
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Mapcode 9 551 794*37

Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No.2

Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No.2 is a sightseeing spot in the north part of the university, and is one of a few facilities that common people can enter. Here is known as the birth place of stock raising in the Hokkaido. Buildings such as a barn for a dairy farmer were established as the first practical farm that Japanese were unfamiliar with dairy management and livestock farming in the Hokkaido based on Dr. Clerk in 1876. At the university grounds, a group of the buildings is oldest, and has been designated as a national important cultural property since 1969. Farm Office (事務所), Bull Barn (種牛舎), Miliking-cow Barn (牝牛舎), Model Dairy Barn with Dairy Cow Production Room (産室) and Cow Room (雑牛追込所) and Farm Horse Room (耕馬舎), Corn Barn (穀物庫), Harvest Room (収穫室) and Threshing Room (脱稃室), Weighing Chamber Plant (秤量場), Food-processing Plant (釜場), Milk-processing Plant (製乳所), a pond and a restroom are built at the site. Admission free.

Entrance of Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No.2
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Farm Office
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Walks
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Milk-processing Plant, Food-processing Plant and Weighing Chamber Plant
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

When I visited here in mid May, dandelion flowers were in full bloom. The blue sky, green grass and yellow flowers let me feel a typical Hokkaido scenery. Sparse trees were also good. Some groups of tourists or local families came, so I knew that here was popular.

Look of Site
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The Corn Barn is a 2-story wooden building built in 1877, and was designed by Professor William Wheeler that designed the Sapporo Clock Tower. A raised-floor-style to prevent a rat has a feature. The building is allowed to enter, and 180 Japanese hoes gathered all over the Japan are displayed on the 1st floor, and 20 agricultural equipments are displayed on the 2nd floor.

Corn Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Inside of Corn Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Exhibits of Japanese Hoes
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The Model Dairy Barn is a 2-story wooden building built in 1877, and was designed by the Professor William Wheeler. The building is largest in the Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No.2. The building is allowed to enter, and the Dairy Cow Production Room can be seen on the 1st floor, and harness is displayed on the 1st floor, and rare old imported farm tools are displayed at Dry Hay Warehouse on the 2nd floor.

Model Dairy Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Look of Model Dairy Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Inside of Model Dairy Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Dairy Cow Production Room
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Exhibits of Harness
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Dry Hay Warehouse
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The Miliking-cow Barn is a 2-story wooden building built in 1909, and is allowed to enter. 55 types of tractors and farm working machines on the 1st floor.

Miliking-cow Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Inside of Miliking-cow Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Agrimotor
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
A Lot of Dandelions
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

The Bull Barn is a 2-story wooden building built in 1878, and was designed by Professor William Penn Brooks. Unfortunately, the building is not allowed to enter.

Bull Barn
Hokkaido University in Sapporo

This place is so idyllic that you would not think that here is in the center of the Sapporo. Some cow figurines are set here and there, and those make visitors feel an atmosphere of the Hokkaido. Some tourists enjoyed selfies togethr with the cow figurines and green grounds, and those looked fun. I think that here is a little‐known good spot because time passes very slowly at this place near the Sapporo Station.

Beautiful Spring Day
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Large Tree
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Pond
Hokkaido University in Sapporo
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking is provided
Business hour From 08:30 to 17:00. Building inside: From 10:00 to 16:00.
Regular closing day Fourth Monday and from early November to late April.
Telephone number +81-11-716-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 581 367*45

Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage

Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University (北海道大学イチョウ並木) is a beauty spot for fall foliage near Sapporo Station. It takes about 1 minute from Sapporo Subway Namboku Line Kita-12Jo Station (地下鉄南北線「北12条駅」) to here. The Hokkaido University is commonly called Hokudai (北大), and becomes popular nationwide. The total site area of the Hokkaido University include various forests used for research is about 660 km2, and is comparable with about 1/570 of Japanese land. It is very vast site. Article is here

Lined Gingko Trees in Autumn
Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Hokkaido University. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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)
Booking
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)
Booking
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)
Booking
Jalan
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)
Booking
Booking.com

A page of Sapporo is here

Sapporo

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