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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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APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae $31
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

Nishi 2-2, Minami 4 Chuou-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is steps from Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Odori Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Hosui-Susukino Station is only a 2-minute walk and Susukino Station is 4 minutes.

    Mercure Hotel Sapporo $74
    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 Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes. Hosui-Susukino Station and Susukino Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Okura Sapporo $48
      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      9-1 Nishi 5 Chome Minami 1-Jo Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chuo-ku, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street, Odori Park, and Clock Tower. Nijo Market and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building are also within 10 minutes. Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Tanuki Koji Stop is 4 minutes.

        nest HOTEL sapporo odori $33
        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.

          ibis Styles Sapporo $55
          ibis Styles Sapporo

          ibis Styles Sapporo

          Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soseigawa Park and Sapporo Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Nakajima Park and Nijo Market are also within 15 minutes. Nakajima-koen Station is only a 2-minute walk and Yamahana-Ku-Jo Stop is 7 minutes.

            Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae $28
            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 Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. 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.

              JR INN Sapporo-eki Minami-guchi $48
              JR INN Sapporo-eki Minami-guchi

              JR INN Sapporo-eki Minami-guchi

              1 Chome-10 Kita 3 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 Clock Tower, Sapporo TV Tower, and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Sapporo JR Tower and Odori Park are also within 15 minutes. Odori Station is 8 minutes by foot and Nishi-Yon-Chome Stop is 12 minutes.

                APA Hotel Sapporo $28
                APA Hotel Sapporo

                APA Hotel Sapporo

                10-1,Minami 2 Nishi 7, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ramen Yokocho and Nijo Market. Sapporo JR Tower is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Nishi-Hatchome Stop and Shiseikan-Shogakko-Mae Stop are within a 5-minute walk.