Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens © Y.Matsumoto

What is Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden is a botanical garden operated by a national university, Hokkaido University. It is located a 10 minute walk from Sapporo Station. It is behind the old red brick tourist attraction “Former Hokkaido Government Office Building”. It opened at the end of the 19th century and is the 2nd oldest botanical garden in Japan.

There are approximately 4000 types of plants on the more than 13ha area site. There are 10 areas in the Gardens and are separated by theme such as, Lilac deciduous trees which are a symbol of Hokkaido, roses, and even an area for alpine plants. Most of the plants are those that grow naturally in Hokkaido, but due to the cooperation from Canada’s University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens, some plants are even from the North American continent.

The Gardens also houses the oldest museum in Hokkaido, and a reference room with exhibits and documents of the Ainu and Uilta, indigenous people of Hokkaido. If you are lucky, you may even see squirrels and birds.

Located just a 10 minute walk from Sapporo’s busiest shopping district, quiet air fills the Botanical Gardens and the mind is sure to find calm here. Visitors can enjoy the seasonal flowers and autumn leaves, spend leisurely time sitting on the lawn, and is recommended for people who want to take a break from sightseeing. Including travel time, visitors can take in the Botanical Gardens in approximately 1.5 hours.

Hours of operation

April 29 through September 30, 9:00AM – 4:30PM
October 1 through November 3, 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed Mondays and if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday is closed.

In the winter from November 4 through April 28, only the greenhouse area is open.
Weekdays 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Saturdays 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Closed Sundays, national holidays, year-end and new year holidays.

Regardless of the time of year, admission is until 30 minutes before closing.


During the summer, rates are 420 yen for high school students and above, 300 yen for elementary school and middle school students. Groups of 30 people or more can receive a discount. During the winter, everyone elementary school age and older are 120 yen.


10 minute walk from JR Sapporo Station or Odori Station of the subway.

Description: Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

Sights Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens (北海道大学植物園)
Address 8 chome, Kita 3jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 060-0003
Phone / Fax Phone: 011-221-0066
Duration 90Minutes
Closed dates Monday
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: Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens