Former Hokkaido Government Building

Sapporo

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Former Hokkaido Government Building

This red brick building with its characteristic octagonal dome is beautifully lit after dark. It has been destroyed several times over the years, and restored time and again to its former glory. The building is today listed as one of the National Important Cultural Property, and a symbol of the city itself.

Do & See

One of the last areas of Japan to be colonised, it once was the domain of the “Ainu", an indigenous tribe with a distinct culture, whose history is on display in one of the city’s museums today. Adorned by parks and forests, complete with wildlife, it is a colourful, progressive, and energetic city that attracts the adventurous traveller. The legacy of Sapporo's vivid past is perceivable through various historical buildings. Historic landmarks include the former Hokkaidō government office building, the Sapporo Clock Tower, the Hokkaidō Shrine and the Sapporo TV Tower. Having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and as venue for the Sapporo Snow Festival, the city is also famous for winter sports. However, food and arts lovers will enjoy themselves here as well. Sapporo Brewery and Shiroi Koibito Park, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, and Sapporo Artpark are popular sights, too.