Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office)

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Red Brick Office | Hokkaido

Red Brick Office | Hokkaido

The Former Hokkaido Government Building was built and rebuilt many times and was based on designs that were popular in the United States at the time. Built to be the administrative base for Hokkaido, the building is currently open to the public with exhibition and conference rooms on two floors and a gift shop. While it was once the largest building in Japan, multiple fires and reconstruction have occurred long-since the building was first constructed. The building features French-inspired brickwork, a unique ventilation system with chimneys and tiles, wooden pane windows, triple decorative arches, and paintings by locals are hung up in the corridors and exhibition rooms.
The building is affectionately called Red Brick or akarenga by the locals because of the bright red facade. Some of the bricks have scorch marks from previous fires towards the base of the building while the bricks to the top maintain a bright red look.

Cherry Blossom Viewing

Cherry Blossom Viewing

While the Flower Carpet event is held in the summer, the Former Hokkaido Government Building is also a great place to view cherry blossoms during the spring. There are many types of cherry blossom trees planted along the building including the yae and kasumi-zakura's. Due to the variety, the trees bloom at different times making it a great stop any time in May to see cherry blossoms. There are also other flowers to enjoy in the front that bloom during the same time as the sakura. Guests who plan to make the most of Japan's cherry blossom season should consider adding the Red Brick Building to their custom Japan tour itinerary to maximize their hanami vacation. We also offer fully-guided Hokkaido Japan Tour Packages for guests during Summer and Fall to explore the charms of Japan's northern island!

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