Sapporo memory box

Sapporo's streetscapes in this one box

Hokkaido's history can be sensed in lots of the architecture of Sapporo, and now these have been molded in traditional Japanese confectionery, known as wasanbon. We have selected eight landmarks that represent Sapporo and that have contributed to the creation of the city.

How many of these places have you visited? Are there any places you would like to visit sometime?

Ideal for enjoying while strolling around Sapporo, as a memento or even as a souvenir.
Why not pick up a box today?

Traditional Japanese confectionery known as wasanbon, modeled on a number of Sapporo's historical structures and facilities. The star in the center is the 5-pointed star that is the symbol of Hokkaido's development.

Characterized by its melt-in-the mouth texture and subtle, refined sweetness. Ideal for complementing the taste of matcha at tea ceremonies, as well as the perfect snack to eat during your coffee or tea break.

What is wasanbon?

Wasanbon is unique Japanese sugar made with traditional methods; its fine texture and delicious aftertaste makes it a high-quality ingredient in Japanese confectionery.

The dry sweets formed from this molded wasanbon are also known as wasanbon. As they're light and easy to carry, and also long lasting at room temperature, wasanbon are highly recommended as souvenirs.

Sapporo memory box

Price 1,242 yen (tax incl.)
Ingredients [raw ingredients] wasanbon (produced in Japan)
[additives] synthetic coloring (blue 1, red 102, yellow10)
Net content 9 pieces
Exterior size 9.5×12.5×2 cm
Best-by date printed on the bottom
Specific ingredients none
*Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight, high temperatures and humidity.
*Please handle with care as strong impact could damage the contents.

The 5-pointed star and the eight landmarks

Five-pointed star features on buildings built by the Commission, as well as on products such as beer from the factories under its direct management. Why not take a historical stroll around Sapporo while searching for the 5-pointed star?

5-pointed star

The symbol of the Hokkaido Development Commission, the design of which is based on the Pole Star.

The red star mark seen on the Clock Tower, red-brick offices and other buildings in Sapporo is known as the five-pointed star, and was designed as the insignia of the Hokkaido Development Commission in 1872.

Sapporo Clock Tower

The sound of the bells that continue to be loved by the people of Sapporo.

Sapporo Clock Tower was built in 1878 as the Sapporo Agricultural College (currently Hokkaido University) students' drill hall and auditorium where the students' enrollment and graduation ceremonies took place. Currently, it is a museum during the daytime and, at nighttime, doubles as a venue for lectures and wedding ceremonies. The clock in the symbolic tower is Japan's oldest clock in operation, and has continued to signal the precise time with the clear chimes of its bells since it was installed in 1881.

Address: North1,West2,Chuo-ku,Sapporo,Hokkaido

Sapporo TV Tower

A superb city-center view spot that affords panoramic views of Sapporo's streetscapes.

Sapporo TV Tower is a transmission tower that was completed in Odori Park in downtown Sapporo in 1956. It is 147.2 m high, and the observatory that is 90 m above ground level affords views of Sapporo's streetscapes and the seasonal flowers that bloom in Odori Park below. It is also a recommended nighttime view spot and aerial views of events such as the Sapporo Snow Festival and YOSAKOI Soran Festival can also be enjoyed from there. On the third floor is a restaurant where meals can be savored while enjoying the beautiful views. The floodlit TV Tower itself is also a popular photo spot.

Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Akarenga (red brick offices)(Former Hokkaido Government Office Building)

A tourist spot representative of Hokkaido, built from the red bricks that formed the foundation of Hokkaido's development.

"Akarenga" (red brick offices) is the popular name by which the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is known. Originally built in 1888, it served as the base of the local Hokkaido government for 80 years until the completion of the new building that is currently used. The stately building was designed in the American Neo-Baroque architectural style and many of the building materials used, such as the bricks and soft stone, were produced in Hokkaido. Such excellent examples of Meiji-period Western-style architecture are few and far between in Japan and, in 1969, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The interior is open to the public free of charge, but part of it is currently closed (from October 2019) for renewal work.

Address: Kita 3-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum

Learn about the history of beer while enjoying a glass of the delicious brew.

The Sapporo Beer Museum is Japan's only beer-related museum. Visitors can experience the history of Sapporo Beer, which took over the "Kaitakushi Brewery" that was established by the Hokkaido Development Commission in 1876. The building, which was built in 1888, was used as a brewery for many years before it opened as a museum in 1987. Tours on which you can sample beer produced using the methods used at the time are popular. Draft beer direct from the brewery, and the famous Hokkaido jingiskan dish can be enjoyed in the adjacent Sapporo Beer Garden.

Address: Sapporo Garden Park, Kita 7-jo Higashi 9-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo

Hoheikan

A Meiji-period Western-style hotel, the white of which contrasts beautifully with the color of the sky.

Hoheikan was built in 1881 as a Western-style hotel by the Hokkaido Development Commission, and is the only hotel to be built by the Meiji government. Its first guest was the Meiji Emperor when he visited Sapporo. The beautiful exterior features sky-colored columns and window frames that use ultra marine blue pigment, and white-painted walls, while the elaborately decorated interior is also well worth seeing. A designated Important Cultural Property of Japan, it was refurbished and reopened in 2016 and can be viewed as a museum. At nighttime it is utilized as a venue for wedding ceremonies, lectures, concerts and the like.

Address: Nakajima Koen 1-20, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Sapporo Agricultural College Farm No. 2

A model farm of modern agriculture, which was born from Dr. Clark's concept.

A large-scale farm that was established at approximately the same time as the Sapporo Agricultural College (currently Hokkaido University), which opened in 1876 under the guidance of Dr. Clark. It became a model farm as the base for the introduction of modern large-scale livestock farming into Hokkaido. The buildings adopt an American Midwest-style balloon structure and are Japan's oldest Western-style farming structures. Agricultural machinery imported during the early Meiji period and Hokkaido's oldest silo are also preserved there. Viewing is free of charge but it is closed in winter.

Address: Kita 19-jo Nishi 8-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo

Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

A 307m-high ski-jump hill that affords panoramic views of Sapporo's streetscapes.

Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was donated to the City of Sapporo by a conglomerate in 1932, and was used as a venue at the 1972 Winter Olympic Games. The 307m-high start point and Viewing Lounge afford panoramic views of Sapporo's streetscapes and Ishikari Bay from the perspective of the ski jumpers. On days when there are no competitions or official practice, visitors can take the pair lift to the summit, from where fantastic nighttime views can be enjoyed. At the base is a shop, rest house and the Sapporo Olympic Museum.

Address: Miyanomori 1274, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hokkaido Shrine

Hokkaido's main shrine, where people gather for New Year's prayers and cherry blossom viewing.

Hokkaido Shrine first became Hokkaido's main shrine in 1869, under the decree of the Meiji Emperor. The shrine building was completed in the current location in 1871. Countless locals visit the shrine for New Year's prayers, weddings and other milestones of life, and in spring the shrine's grounds are a popular flower viewing spot where cherry and plum blossoms bloom simultaneously, and where visitors can come into contact with abundant nature such as wild squirrels and birds. The shrine offers foreign language fortune slips and substantial guidance signs for worshipers.

Address: Miyagaoka 474, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

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