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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.
Capital of Hokkaido, known for the Snow Festival, Ramen and Beer
Ski Jump Stadium exhibits of historic Olympic medalists
One of Japan's largest winter festivals in Hokkaido, Sapporo
The birthplace of Sapporo Miso Ramen
The First & Oldest Beer Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido