Former Hokkaido government office building
("Hokkaidouchou kyuu-chousha" in Japanese) is located about 0.5 km
southwest of JR Sapporo station.
It is near the current Hokkaido government office building.
It was built in 1888, is a American-style neo-baroque building, and is
built in red brick.
So the citizens call it "Aka-renga" (Red brick) affectionately.
Hokkaido Island had been a developing land since the 19th century, so
"Hokkaido government" was set up here in 1886.
In 1947, after World War II, Hokkaido government was abolished by Local Autonomy Act, and it changed to Hokkaido Prefecture.
Then this building was designated as a nationally important cultural property in 1967.
It consists of the Hokkaido document library and museums about Hokkaido.
About 0.5 km from JR Sapporo
Or, about 0.3 km from Sapporo station on subway, about 0.6 km from Odori station on subway.
All photos by Sapporo City
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