Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hokkaido’s most famous landmark is its clock tower, reported to have never missed tolling the hour since its construction in 1878.
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines12,810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Definitely part of the city tour. There’s so much history in this small building. The clock tower that is actually still working takes the cake. They are giving away freebies such as CD’s and brochures, but take note that the souvenirs are quite pricey and accepts only cash. Photo ops outside abound with tourists lining up for pics. Inside get the one with one of the founder I think.
Written 3 January 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The clock tower was only 200 yen to enter and there was a super nice elderly gentleman who was available at the information desk to answer questions in Japanese or English. There is lots of signage throughout but the majority of the signage on the first floor is only in Japanese. There was a free CD, lots of brochures and a very informative guide that went through the history and development of the agriculture and military of the region. There is a stamping station as well. The upstairs has a hall full of clock parts and instrumentation as well as a video presentation for the clock tower with English subtitles. There is a bench at the front where you can pose for a picture with one of the clock tower founders. We enjoyed seeing it lit up at night.

It is a short walk from here to the Nijo Market, Sapporo TV Tower and quite a few other attractions in the area.
Written 24 December 2023
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan5,059 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
札幌市内には既に多くの高いビルが建てられているため、札幌時計台は札幌市のシンボルとは言え街の風景にやや埋没されているような印象を受けます。お世辞にも目立つような外観ではありませんが、目立たずとも静かに凛と佇む姿は、日を問わず道行く人を引き付けています。
建物内は1階と2階の2階構成であり、階段だけでなくエレベーターも設置されているため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方でも気軽に利用できます(出入口にもスロープが設置されています)。時計台を含む、札幌農学校の史料の展示は全て1階の展示スペースに集約されており、日本語だけでなく英語などの外国語の説明もあるため、海外からの観光客でも気軽に楽しめることが出来ます。2階はフロアがまるまるホールとなっており、講師台にはクラーク氏の銅像があり、連日一緒に記念撮影する観光客の姿を見かけます。
エンターテインメント性はほとんどありませんが、周遊するだけでは1時間も要しないため、肩肘張らずに気軽に訪れるスポットとしては丁度いいかもしれません。ほぼ毎日のように観光ガイドが駐在しており、建物の成り立ちや、2階に展示されているこれまでの時計塔に設置された時計についての説明をしてくれます。

With so many tall buildings already erected in Sapporo, the Sapporo Clock Tower, although a symbol of the city, seems to be somewhat buried in the cityscape. Although the clock tower is not a conspicuous building, its quiet and dignified appearance attracts passersby regardless of the time of day.
The building consists of two floors, the first and second floors, and is accessible to visitors with disabilities, including wheelchairs, as it is equipped with elevators as well as stairs (there is also a ramp at the entrance and exit). All exhibits of historical documents of Sapporo Agricultural College, including the clock tower, are concentrated in the exhibition space on the first floor, and explanations are provided not only in Japanese but also in English and other foreign languages, making it easy for visitors from overseas to enjoy them. The second floor is an entire hall with a bronze statue of Mr. Clark on the lectern, visitors can be seen taking commemorative photos with the statue every day.
There is little in the way of entertainment, but since it takes less than an hour just to walk around, it may be just the spot for a casual visit without being overbearing. Tourist guides are stationed almost daily to explain the origins of the building and the clocks installed in previous clock towers, which are on display on the second floor.
Written 7 September 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Clock Tower is well worth a visit. Inside there is an exhibit about the building and education in Sapporo. You can see the clock mechanism and take a photo with the famous educator Dr. Clark. A pamphlet has the English translations of the exhibit labels.
Written 22 June 2023
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flutela
London, UK54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
It is a tiny building surrounded by tall buildings. Nothing special, just a tiny wooden building.
There is an entrance fee for those who want to see it from inside.
Written 22 May 2023
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Quang Kiet Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The building was quite small but well located in the city center. No so surprised why it became one of the most famous attraction in the city. Other than that, it took no longer 30 mins to fully explore.
Written 18 April 2023
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Thiha S
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
For those interested in clock towers. Watched the short video working mechanisms behind the clock. It even explained on how the bell will rung at each hour and how the counting of how many times to strike is done. Everything is mechanical.
Written 8 December 2022
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Zachary H
Tokyo, Japan5,657 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Nice to see, but don’t make a trip to this part of town just for the clock tower. It’s surprisingly small and interesting to look at for about 30 seconds; not much beyond that.
Written 12 September 2020
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KingORoad
Mesa, AZ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Enjoyed the easy walk about town, from the eki to the parks and to the clocktower; one can stroll easily and observe so many interets and beautiful things;
Written 6 September 2020
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Walking from Former Hokkaido Government Office towards Sapporo TV Tower, one cannot help but pass by the Clock Tower. Picturesque, pastel green wooden 'clapboard', colonial style building constructed in 1878 as a drill hall of Sapporo Agricultural College. Worth seeing/photographing from the outside but too many tourists hovering around to warrant paying Y200 for inside tour.
Written 4 August 2020
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