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札幌市時計台 Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)

  • Buildings (Other Historical Buildings)
  • Around Sapporo
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  • Closed4th Monday (Open if it is a public holiday, closed on Tuesday instead)、New Year Holidays

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Around Sapporo
2 Kita1-jonishi, Chuo-ku Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 060-0001, Japan
  • Buildings (Other Historical Buildings)
Opening Hours
4th Monday (Open if it is a public holiday, closed on Tuesday instead)、New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/07/07

Witness and Symbol of Sapporo History

  • Historical Building

The Clock Tower is a symbol of Sapporo and has witnessed the Sapporo history from 1878 when it was built. The Tower was constructed as a military drill hall of Sapporo Agriculture College, which is now Hokkaido University. This is the oldest clock tower in Japan. In 1881, 3 years after completion of the building, the clock, purchased from E. Howard & Co., of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, was installed in the building. In 1970, Sapporo Clock Tower was designated as the important cultural property of Japan. The simple and practical features of Clock Tower’s wooden structure which are typical of American houses found in the Mid-west and West during its colonization was influenced by the western instructors and engineers hired by the Hokkaido Development Commission. Today, the surrounding tall buildings dwarf Clock Tower, however it was looked very big by the residents of Sapporo at that time with population of only about 3,000 people, now more than 1.9 million!!

The first floor of the building serves as museum introducing the history of the clock tower, Sapporo and Sapporo Agriculture College, the second floor is used as a ceremony and concert hall, and English volunteer guides will help you but not regularly.

Please do not miss the each hour time when the clock rings the bell counting the number of hours. The system of clock has not been changed from the origin as the pendulum and weight without any electricity or battery. At 9:15 the explanation of system of the tower clock is presented by the curator on the second floor, and a tower clock of same type installed in New York state in 1928 is exhibited.

Photos of the tower can be taken at several points in the ground of the tower, but I would like to recommend the outside deck on the second floor of the west opposite building, so that you can take the whole tower. In the late evening you will be more impressed by the fantastic illumination by LED lightings than daylight.

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