Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University © T.Sasaki

Hokkaido University

Many tourists visit Hokkaido University, because it allows visitors to enjoy nature without leaving the city. The area of the campus is 1,770,000㎡, and it has several historical buildings, including the statue of William Smith Clark. Dr. Clark was the first principle of "Sapporo-No-Gakko" (Sapporo Agriculture School), which is the predecessor of Hokkaido University. His words "Boys, be ambitious", are still very famous.

Anyone can go in and look around the campus whenever they want. There are many trees all over campus, such as poplars and "elms" (a type of ginkgo tree). The information center, "Elm-no-mori" (the forest of Elms), is right next to the main gate of the university. Not only can visitors get a map or other information about the events going on, they can also buy Hokkaido University items or ham and Japanese sake made here.

If visitors walk a little from "Elm-no-mori," there is a hill called "Chuo-lawn" where they can relax. There are many Gingko trees nearby, that make the whole avenue look yellow, during autumn.

Hokkaido University Synthetic Museum, which has all the research results from 1876 when the university was established, is also on campus. More than four million academic specimens and documents are displayed here. No entrance fee is needed for the museum.

Besides, the university is "Sapporo-No-Gakko-Dai-ni-Noujou" (Sapporo Agriculture School Farm no.2), which is designated as an important cultural property of Japan. The building is open to the public, from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is worth going if visitors have time.

Enjoy lunch at the school cafeteria

If you get hungry, try the very filling yet reasonably priced food at the "Chuo Cafeteria." Anyone is allowed to use this cafeteria. Here, you can have Hokkaido University's original "soup curry don" or the "Gyu-toro don" (rice with raw beef.)

If visitors want something for dessert, the "Ichigo-kan" (strawberry house) cafe is famous for its apple and almond tarts. The café is made of stone, and presents a rather nostalgic atmosphere.


Train: 7 minutes on foot from the north exit of Sapporo Station of the JR Line / 4 minutes on foot from the Kita-12-Jyo Station of the Nanboku Subway Line / 7 minutes on foot from the Kita-18-Jyo Station of the Nanboku Subway Line. *There are many buses from all around Sapporo city as well

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Sights Hokkaido University (北海道大学)
Address 5 Chome Kita 8 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture
Phone / Fax Phone: 011-716-2111
Duration 3Hour(s)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Couples Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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