Sapporo Clock Tower

Sightseeing information about Sapporo Clock Tower in Japan.

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This 2-story wooden building is a symbol of the city and the early era of Hokkaido's development. It was constructed in 1878 as a drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first institution for agricultural studies in Japan. Among the students was the agricultural economist, educator and author Nitobe Inazo, who wrote "Bushido: The Soul of Japan". The large clock tower with four faces was purchased from a Boston manufacturer. It is a 10-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station.

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5.04 months ago

Yes it cost money to come in to see a small museum, but it is totally worth it. First, there are English speaking volunteers that explain the artifacts and history of Sapporo. On the second floor is a large space with lots of seats. There are also clock instruments including the bell which was used in the past. Great place to also rest up.

5.03 months ago

The tower was built in 1878, and is all that remains of the drill hall of the former Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). The building was one of the earliest to be built in this city. The city itself was chosen as the administrative centre of Hokkaidō in 1868, which is the date currently recognised as the official birth of the city.Currently, this is the oldest building standing in Sapporo.The clock was installed in July 1881 by E. Howard & Co. (headed by a co-founder of what would eventually become the Waltham Watch Company) of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

5.04 months ago

Nice and cheap tourist attraction. Very friend staff who loved talking to us to practice their english. Would highly recommend.

4.03 months ago

An interesting piece of Sapporo's history well documented and interesting to visit
The museum still lacks for some more English translations but you can grasp the idea of the history with what is already translated

5.04 months ago

The Clock Tower is of great value as a historic site of Sapporo Agricultural College. When the Agricultural College was moved in 1903, the Clock Tower (military drill hall) has been leased to Sapporo Ward. But later on the Ward purchased the Clock Tower and moved it in its current location. Its because of the construction of Kita 2-jo Avenue.