10 minutes on foot from JR Sapporo Station Southern
2 min walk from Odori Station, exit number 7.
The 4th Mondays of each month and the following Tuesday
when Monday falls on a public holiday.
From December 29 to January 3
8:45〜17:10（Admission until 10minutes before closing)
Adult Individual : 200yen (Children
Adult Group : 180yen (Group : More than 20 people)
※Children : Younger than those in junior high school
Sorry, no parking.
(You can use the city office parking for free on Saturday,
Sunday, and a public holiday. However, you are not
allowed to use it during some city events.)
with an exclusive lift.
A restroom is outside of the building.
There is no equipment which keeps luggage such as
a coin-operated locker.
Eating and drinking are not allowed inside of the
There are no vending machines in the building.
A shop for visitors is in the building.
The development of Sapporo as
the capital of Hokkaido began in 1869, with the help
of many foreign experts, engineers and educators.
"The Clock Tower" was built in 1878 and
is therefore regarded as both a historical and cultural
symbol of Sapporo. The Clock Tower was originally
called "Embujo" - meaning a 'military drill
hall' - and served as a drill hall for the Sapporo
Agricultural College (currently Hokkaido University),
which was the first institution for Agricultural Studies
Dr. William S. Clark, President of Massachusetts Agricultural
College, was invited as the first vice-president of
the Sapporo Agricultural College. During his tenure,
he designed the curriculum with military training,
similar to that of MAC. Professor William Wheeler
took over after Dr. Clark and planned to build a military
drill hall, which was later called the Clock Tower.
It is said that Governor Kiyotaka Kuroda of the Hokkaido
Development Commission proposed renovating the tower
by installing a large clock, which was manufactured
and purchased from the E. Howard Watch & Clock
Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. The construction of
this new addition was completed in 1881.
The simple and practical features of the Clock Tower's
wooden structure are typical of American houses found
in the Mid-west and West during its colonization.
Rooms on the first floor were used as laboratories,
lecture rooms, and exhibition space for zoological,
botanical, and mineralogical specimens. The second
floor was used for physical education training as
well as a ceremony hall.
The Clock Tower was designated as a National Important
Cultural Property in 1970 and is now a museum that
is also used for various cultural activities. The
Clock Tower continues to serve as a historical landmark,
telling stories of early days in Sapporo.