Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

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Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Government Buildings
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8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
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!
Written August 4, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,783 contributions
I walked around the Government building recently. After a lot of snow, there were small paths carved out from other people around the building. I didn't enter or anything but I enjoyed viewing the exterior of the building and the park. At night, the building was lit up and looked great! The architecture is unique for Japan, so I recommend at least walking by.
Written February 9, 2022
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Krubee
Singapore, Singapore525 contributions
Built in 1888 and has done several restorations including the current design of its iconic Green octagonal dome and its enduring red bricks famous for photographers, locals and tourists alike on every season but specially during Winter where the snow added more charm and life to one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. An American neo-Baroque style building, it is about 33 m in height and 61 m in length. Getting here the nearest subway is JR Sapporo station and it's about 10 mins walk from the West exit and head North West. Entrance is free in the building grounds with its lovely garden, the museum shop, exhibitions, Hokkaido Historical Gallery and tourist information center. The grounds is very spacious and it was snowing when we visited here adding more beauty and life to our beautiful photos and video, The grounds have many perfect spot for that insta-worthy iconic photo of yours. We took photos and video at every angle. We didn't go inside but we enjoyed our brief stay here with the endearing snowfall and powdery white snows. There's a bit of tourists when we went here because this is a famous place especially for tourists during winter. Marvelling at its beauty and leisurely strolling along its grounds are two of things we were glad to do and experience here on one of the symbols and icons of Hokkaido - its history until now.
Written March 8, 2020
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mm_jpn
Tokyo, Japan60 contributions
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!
Written August 16, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,003 contributions
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.
Written March 14, 2020
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Matan Katz
Jerusalem, Israel197 contributions
You must visit here if you come to sapporo, in order to understand the history of the place. It's free of charge and has a nice garden around it. Walking distance from both Sapporo station and Odori park.
Written January 24, 2020
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,586 contributions
Family
This is a Baroque style red brick building. It is a museum but currently closed due to renovation.

The garden and landscape in front of the building is very scenic. It is a good place for a stroll and snap some photos.
Written January 4, 2020
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AlfredKL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia97 contributions
Family
The scenery is great especially at night with lighting all around and if you happen to be there when there is a light snow fall, it makes the whole scene perfectly unreal!

You get lots of historical info with a short visit to the old Hokkaido Government Office Building.
Written December 10, 2017
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JosephAndrew_Lim
Singapore, Singapore612 contributions
MUST visit!
We were there and witness snowfall.
It was like falling in love all over again.
So beautiful.
Written December 26, 2019
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Vincent C
Shinjuku, Japan45 contributions
Nice park to walk around. I think there is a museum but its currently closed? So I was only able to wander around outside. I would go back again when the museum is reopened.
Written January 25, 2020
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