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The University and Former Government Building

More attractive late nineteenth-century buildings are dotted throughout the campus of Hokkaidō University, at Kita 8, Nishi 7, northwest of Sapporo Station, including the one housing the university’s museum. Also look out for the Model Barn, a big wooden structure built in 1877.

On your way to or from the gardens, swing by the Former Hokkaidō Government Building (赤れんが), at Kita 3, Nishi 6. This palatial red-brick building, dating to 1888, is a fine example of the local architecture that fused the late, nineteenth-century European and New World influences flooding into the country with Japanese traditions. Inside, the wood-panelled interiors have been nicely maintained and hung with large-scale historical paintings.