Sapporo Campus, Hokkaido University
Despite its proximity to the city center, Hokkaido University has an extensive and verdant campus.
The campus is open to the public and is a place for citizens to take a break. The oldest university in Hokkaido, Hokudai has a number of historic buildings that attract tourists. The natural scenery and landscapes in each of the four seasons are always pleasing to the eye.
Bird's-eye view of the Sapporo campus of Hokkaido University
The Hokkaido University campus is about 10 minutes on foot from the north exit of JR Sapporo Station.
JR Sapporo Station as seen from the rooftop of the Medical and Dental Research Building
The view northward from the rooftop of the Medical and Dental Research Building
Facing Kita 9-jo, Nishi 5-chome street.
This library is for use by all the faculties of Hokkaido University.
Furukawa Hall was built in 1909 by the funds from Furukawa Zaibatsu. This is one of the University's Historical Buildings. Displaying the nobility of French renaissance architecture, it is now used as faculty members' research rooms.
Main Street crosses Hokkaido University from south to north for 1.2 km. On the main road, you can see many school buildings including the medical school. Except during the winter, you can find many students with their bicycles at the main street.
Passing through the main gate and walking with the south gate on your left, you'll see a broad green rolling area that extends to the main street on campus. It's a place where students can relax and families can come and enjoy picnics on days off.
The Ono Pond on the campus is covered with water lilies and there are benches all around the pond.
Migratory ducks stop at Ono Pond on campus.
Bust of Dr. William S. Clark
Statue of William S Clark. one of the founders of Sapporo Agriculture College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University, was built in 1926. On the base of the statue are etched Clark's famous words: "BOYS BE AMBITIOUS".
The Hokkaido University Museum was opened in 1999, it boasts of a wide range of collections of academic materials that originated from all faculties. Here, exhibitions are held throughout the year, and many people visit.
Based on Dr. William S Clark's direction, it was built in 1877 following the style of 19th century American barns. In 1969 it was identified as a national important cultural property.
For approximately 380 meters, from the North 13 gate to Main Street in Hokkaido University, an avenue is surrounded by seventy Gingko trees. It is known as Gingko Avenue. This is one of the autumnal beauty spots in Sapporo. From late October to early November, Gingko Avenue is especially famous for its canopy of beautiful yellow leaves.
Poplar Avenue is one of the most popular touristic attractions in Hokkaido University. In 1903, poplars were planted by Agriculture faculty students in the farm practical class, and the place would be called later "Poplar Avenue~ In September 2004, half of the poplar trees were damaged due to a terrible Typhoon. The damaged has been reformed by saplings. At the present Poplar Avenue, you can walk 80 meters of tree-lined streets paved with wood chips.
Heisei Poplar Avenue
The new Poplar Avenue at the north of the campus is about 300 meters long, and tree planting was in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Hokkaido University in 2000.