Campus of Hokkaido University [北海道大学]
Campus of Hokkaido University
A museum in Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University is located 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.
It is a popular spot located south of Sapporo station.
Then the college became the Hokkaido University in 1918, as one of the major national universities in Japan.
This university has such history.
There are much green spaces and some nice spots for visitors on the campus.
This campus is one of the popular spots in Sapporo.
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.
Statue of Dr.Clark
A stream in the campus
And we can walk on the campus like natural park, so avenues of poplar or ginkgo trees are very popular for visitors.
The statue of Dr.Clark is also one of the popular spots.
For the visitor, there is the information center Elm no mori at the entrance area of the campus.
You can get the sightseeing information for the university and there is a shop of the goods of the university.
How to get here
About 0.3 km walk from JR Sapporo station to the information center.