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Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

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Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

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6 Kita 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0003 Hokkaido
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Asahiyama Zoo, Fascinating Aoi-Ike Light Up and Shirohige Falls in Winter!

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・Explore Hokkaido’s signature spots in winter and spend a cheerful day with different activities. Considerately late departure and less morning rush to start a laid-back day trip.<br>・Go for Japan's one of most popular zoos Asahiyama Zoo, home to various animals! "Penguin's Parade" is the symbolic gesture in winter. It has drawn many visitors for the admirable scene of strolling penguins!<br>・The can't-miss alluring Blue Pond (Aoi Ike) in Biei of Hokkaido! The pond light up only in winter just creates a dreamlike mysterious wonderland! <br>・Another illumination sightseeing spot will be Shirohige Falls. There will be time for stop-by and taking photos. <br>・During February and March, visit to local dessert souvenir shop and Japanese sake museum will be included. <br>・Hotel pick-up from three locations are available, and drop-off locations are also selectable. English speaking tour guide will accompany this tour.
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Kent P wrote a review Oct 2020
Batavia, Ohio84 contributions10 helpful votes
The grounds were nice to visit for the plants and beautiful trees. The building atrium is open with some local history information. The rest of the building is closed but they have plans to utilize it more in the future.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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mm_jpn wrote a review Aug 2020
Tokyo, Japan54 contributions56 helpful votes
Iconic historical building that formed the seat of government for a period of time. I typically visit the grounds every time I am in Sapporo. It is right downtown, adjacent to upscale shopping and dining venues and within a few minutes' walk from from the south side exits of Sapporo station. Construction is from classic red-orange brick, which has given the building its nickname among locals: Aka Renga (Red Brick). Until its closure in autumn of 2019, the building housed a number of historical displays and artifacts as well as information for tourists. It is a handsome building, definitely a point of pride for the city of Sapporo. And rightly so ... the citizens have done a fine job of maintaining and restoring the building and grounds through the years. The building will remain closed for a major renovation, during which it is being converted to a multi-purpose public space. However, the gardens were open when I visited in summer 2020. They are welcoming and tranquil, access is free, and gates are typically open during daylight hours. Stop by on your next trip. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Peter R. wrote a review Aug 2020
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions70 helpful votes
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Whereas in other seasons the building may be framed by a sea of different hues, visiting in January, the colourful building stands out against a monochromatic background of a grey sky and a blanket of fresh snow. The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is nicknamed "Akarenga", which literally means "Red Brick", for obvious reasons. Although there is currently no entry to the building itself, whilst it undergoes a long-term restoration, you are free to wander the grounds at will. Look out for the informative signboard near the entrance to the grounds which summarises the history of the Old Red Brick building over the following time periods:- 1869 : Launch of the Hokkaido Development Commission, 1888 : Completion of Red Brick Government Building, 1909 : A Domeless Red Brick Government Building, and 1968 : The Red Brick Building in the Modern Era. The same informative signboard contains a couple of factoids in addition regarding the Red Star ("Goryosei" - five pointed star) on the roof, and the 2.5 million red bricks used in its' construction. I was quite fascinated by the level of protection given to trees and shrubs to prevent them from being damaged by the weight of snow. Worthwhile and fascinating visit in this winter landscape!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Debbie M wrote a review Apr 2020
Corvallis, Oregon141 contributions74 helpful votes
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Our Japanese friend wanted to go there, or we would not have gone. We went after getting warmed up in the underground walkway, so we were ready to be outside a bit longer.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jeffry b wrote a review Mar 2020
Essendon, Australia6,216 contributions1,559 helpful votes
The Hokkaido Government Buidling is built in Western style. When Hokkado was being colonised in the late 19th century, it reprsented the fact that Hokkaido was a new State, and part of Japan. As Japan's northern-most island, Hokkaido gets very cold in winter. It's a good place to visit in autumn.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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