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Hokkaido University

Hokkaido UniversityThe Hokkaido University is just northwest of JR Sapporo station.
It is near the center of Sapporo, but it has the wide campus.

The Sapporo Agricultural College established in 1876 is the predecessor of this university.

The first vice-president was Dr. William Smith Clark (1826-1886) invited from the Massachusetts Agricultural College in the United States.
He taught his students academic subjects in science for 8 months.
And when he left Japan, he presented a message to his students.
"Boys, be ambitious!".
This is the famous words in Japan.

And the second vice-president Prof. William Wheeler (1876-1930) built the training gym and added the Clock tower on it in 1881.

Then the college became the Hokkaido University in 1918, as one of the national universities.

This university has such history and much green space, so there are some nice spots for visitors on the campus.

As historic architecture, there is the "Second Farm" for practical education of dairy and animal husbandry. It was built in 1877, and we can tour them.
And we can walk on the campus like natural park, so avenues of poplars or ginkgo trees are very popular for visitors.
The statue of Dr.Clark is one of the popular spots.

How to get to here

On foot

About 0.5 km from JR Sapporo station.

Statue of Dr.Clark Main building
Museum Inside of the museum
Poplar trees Gingko trees
A stream Second Farm
All photos by Sapporo City

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