Sapporo Clock Tower

Updated

Balloon-Frame Clock Tower

Balloon-Frame Clock Tower

The Sapporo Clock Tower was constructed in October 1878 as the drill hall of the former Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). The tower was designed by Professor William Wheeler, who took over as Vice President after Dr. William S. Clark. The wooden building has a balloon-frame structure.

The large clock, manufactured by E. Howard and Co. of Boston, has four faces and is driven by weights. The bell, known for its clear sound, was manufactured at the Akabane Branch Factory of the former Ministry of Industry. A wooden placard with the calligraphy of “enbujo” (drill hall) hangs above the main entrance. It was written by Tomomi Iwakura, a statesman who played an important role in the Meiji Restoration. The word enbujo was said to be suitable for the building because it’s an academic building used for martial arts training.

In the tower building, a video shows the mechanism of the clock and bell, and a scale model of the clock is displayed. Visitors can learn about cultural properties in Sapporo and throughout Hokkaido by using computers, viewing photo panels and reading books.

Hokkaido Sapporo Clock Tower | Related Pages

Tripadvisor Ranking 4
Sapporo

Sapporo

Capital of Hokkaido, known for the Snow Festival, Ramen and Beer

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Ski Jump Stadium exhibits of historic Olympic medalists

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

One of Japan's largest winter festivals in Hokkaido, Sapporo

Original Sapporo Ramen Yokocho

Original Sapporo Ramen Yokocho

The birthplace of Sapporo Miso Ramen

Sapporo Beer Museum

Sapporo Beer Museum

The First & Oldest Beer Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hokkaido Sapporo Clock Tower | Movie

Need Assistance? Call: USA/Canada 1-800-285-2726 Australia (02) 8006 4411 Contact Us Brochure
Convert multiple currencies