北海道大学Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus
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Enjoy vast park-like campus!
In 1876, Sapporo Agriculture College was established with Dr. William S. Clark as the Vice Principal invited by Hokkaido Development Commission, he was then the president of the Massachusetts Agriculture College in USA. He gave the students the famous message “Boys be ambitious!” when he returned to USA. The commemorative bust of Dr. Clark can be seen at the west end of the central lawn. In 1918, Hokkaido Imperial University was established, then it was renamed Hokkaido University in 1947. Today there are 13 faculties in the university having about 18 thousands students and students of graduate schools together with about 6 thousand educators and officers.
Anyway, the most attractive feature of this university is a vast park-like campus. It is rare anywhere in the world for the campus of approximately 1.8 million square meters (stretching 2 km from north to south, and 1.6 km from east to west) to be located in the center of a city with a population of about 2 million people. Remarkably, the built environment covers a mere 12% of this extensive campus, with the remaining consisting of open spaces such as farms, green spaces, forest, creeks, and pathways. Interesting points are, firstly Information Center at near the main gate North 8 West 5 where you can get information and map, and Central Lawn, Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University Museum (free admission, former Faculty of Science), Poplar Avenue, Ono Memorial Pond, Ginkgo Avenue and Sapporo Agricultural College Model Dairy Farm (the important cultural property of Japan, at north end of campus).
I feel nostalgia for my campus life when I encounter the students are enjoying “Genghis Khan” lamb barbeque party with beer in the fore-garden of faculty!, and you may wonder that the barbeque set including ingredients and charcoals is sold at University Coop!, but please note this is only allowed for the students. If your stomach is stimulated, please use cafeterias in the campus, which are open to the public, and I recommend the Restaurant Elm which is an elegant restaurant on the south side of Ono Memorial Pond.
If you have no idea about how to enjoy this vast area except for on your foot or taxi, I recommend a rent-a-cycle which is available at the nicknamed Eki-Chari means Station Cycle, is managed by Cycle Port near JR Sapporo Station on North 5 West 1, tel: +81-11-251-3060, opening hours: 06:00-24:00, closed: December 1 to March 31, you can rent a cycle at ¥500 for a day!
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