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Clock Tower

Discover this symbol of Sapporo, one of the city’s oldest and most photographed buildings, an example of early American influences on Japan.

The Sapporo Clock Tower (Tokeidai) dates back almost as far as the city itself. The wooden building was constructed as a college less than 10 years after Sapporo was established as Hokkaido’s capital in 1869. Although this building looks dwarfed compared to the skyscrapers that surround it today, its historical significance and charm continues to make it one of Sapporo’s most-visited attractions.

Constructed in 1878, the building originally served as a military-style drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College. The tower was modeled after the style of architecture that was dominant in the American Midwest at the time, illustrating the impact of the Western world on modern Japan. Its original clocks were sent over from Boston, Massachusetts and added to the existing building in 1881. Over the years the building has housed a post office, a library and even military officers during World War II. It was declared an Important Cultural Property in 1976.

Be sure to pause and listen for the clock’s characteristically clear and beautiful chime. It continues to ring every hour, just as it has for more than a century. Step inside to visit its museum, located in the former laboratory and lecture rooms, which showcases the history of the Clock Tower. Spend some time exploring the exhibits and learn about the early days of Sapporo as you go. The museum also documents those former alumni and teachers who had an impact on the community. On the second floor is a large ceremony hall, where free events and concerts often take place.

As one of Sapporo’s most photographed sites, the Clock Tower is typically surrounded by tourists. To avoid the crowds, visit the Clock Tower at night, when the atmosphere is calmer and the building is beautifully illuminated. Keep in mind, however, that the museum inside the Clock Tower is closed in the evening.

The Clock Tower is open daily, except on the fourth Monday of the month and for a few days around the New Year. Check with your hotel for exact opening times and dates. Adults pay a small entrance fee. The tower is about a 10-minute walk south of Sapporo Station and close to the city’s landmark TV Tower.


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Mercure Hotel Sapporo ¥5,000
Mercure Hotel Sapporo

Mercure Hotel Sapporo

2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nijo Market and Sapporo TV Tower are also within 10 minutes. Hosui-Susukino Station and Susukino Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido ¥5,873
    La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido

    La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido

    5-26-5 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Odori Park, and Nijo Market. Sapporo TV Tower and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes. Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop and Tanuki Koji Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

      nest HOTEL sapporo odori ¥3,455
      nest HOTEL sapporo odori

      nest HOTEL sapporo odori

      5-26-1 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, and Clock Tower. Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Sapporo JR Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop and Tanuki Koji Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        Best Western Sapporo Odori Koen ¥2,902
        Best Western Sapporo Odori Koen

        Best Western Sapporo Odori Koen

        8-2-36, Odori-nishi, Sapporo
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps from Sankichi Shrine and Odori Park. Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 10 minutes. Nishi-Hatchome Stop and Nishi-juitchome Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae ¥3,455
          Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae

          Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae

          Kita 2 Nishi 2-9, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clock Tower, Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Sapporo TV Tower. Odori Park and Sapporo JR Tower are also within 15 minutes. Odori Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop is 9 minutes.

            SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN ¥5,355
            SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN

            SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN

            Nishi 8-chome,Odori,Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sankichi Shrine, Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and Odori Park. Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Clock Tower are also within 15 minutes. Nishi-Hatchome Stop and Nishi-juitchome Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Sapporo Grand Hotel ¥7,024
              Sapporo Grand Hotel

              Sapporo Grand Hotel

              Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and Clock Tower. Odori Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street are also within 10 minutes. Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Odori Station is 6 minutes.

                Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel ¥6,992
                Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

                Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

                5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street and Odori Park. Nakajima Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Shiseikan-Shogakko-Mae Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Susukino Station is 3 minutes.