The former Hokkaido Government Office Building is an imposing figure. The red brick structure is known affectionately locally as merely “the red brick office building.” Impressively, the building was the home of Hokkaido’s local government for around 80 years, until its current office was built.
The former government building was built in 1888 (Meiji Year 21), in the style of American neo-baroque architecture. The building is currently open to the public, free of charge. Inside, visitors are treated to a wealth of resources about the history and culture of Hokkaido. There are many volunteer staff on site, ready to provide information about the building and the region.
Address: 6 Chome Kita 3 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 060-0003
Airport: New Chitose Airport
Discover Japan’s timeless country landscape
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
Taste the natural wonder of Yakushima Island
Pristine white sand beach paradise and warm welcome breeze
Timeless Okinawan island landscape - framed by a row of Bise trees
Beautiful moss and streams that epitomize Yakushima - Shiratani Unsuikyo
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards
Contemporary walk through a 400-year old samurai district
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation