Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building © Y.Matsumoto

What is the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is a historic building located a 5-minute walk from Sapporo Station. Its construction was completed in 1888. Within the Neo-Baroque style, the American-style in particular, was adopted in its construction, and its impressive features include red brick walls, the green on the roofs, and the dome in the center. It has been designated as an important cultural asset of the country.

Visitors can enter for free and view the exhibition of materials regarding the history of Hokkaido. Characteristics unique to Hokkaido remain in the building such as the double paned windows to combat the harsh winters. In May, visitors can also enjoy the cherry blossoms planted near by.

The red stars drawn on the bay windows protruding from the roof represent the North Star and is a symbol of the pioneers of Hokkaido. It is located very close to Sapporo Station and just a view from its windows will make a good memory.

It is open from 8:45AM to 6:00PM. With the exception of the year-end and new year holiday, the building is open every day.

Access

From JR Sapporo Station South Exit, walk straight for 5 minutes and the building is visible on the right. It is also possible to walk from Odori Station of the subway.




Description: Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

Sights Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (北海道庁旧本庁舎)
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Address 6 chome, Kita 3jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sappro-shi, Hokkaido 060-0003
北海道札幌市中央区北3条西6丁目
Phone / Fax Phone: 011-204-5019
Website
Duration 20Minutes
Closed dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Former Hokkaido Government Office Building