Hitsujigaoka Observatory Sapporo.

羊ヶ丘展望台 (札幌) Hitsujigaoka observatory (Sapporo).

Hitsujigaoka Observatory hill (“Hitsujigaoka Tenboudai” in Japanese) is sitting at about 9km south-southeast of central Sapporo.

Sapporo Sukidesu!! (≧▽≦)
Sapporo Sukidesu!! (≧▽≦)The Sapporo Dome is beyong the hill.

It is on the highest point of the gently sloping hill and has a decent view of Sapporo city. Just to the north of this hill, you can see the Sapporo Dome which is a stadium for baseball and soccer.

The statue of Dr. William Smith Clark "Boys be ambitious".
The statue of Dr. William Smith Clark “Boys be ambitious”.

Around the observatory, a flock of sheep is grazing, which makes a peaceful view. Sheep have been fed around here since the beginning, and this region is on the property of the National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region now. “Hitsujigaoka” signifies “hill of sheep” in Japanese. Other than the sheep, there is a statue of Dr. William Smith Clark, the father of pioneers in Hokkaido, the man who left the renowned words “Boys be ambitious”, is the model of the figure made by stone carver Tando Saka.

 

A flock of sheep at the Hitsujigaoka Observatory hill.
A flock of sheep at the Hitsujigaoka Observatory hill.

 

His right arm is raised in his trademark act like he focuses “toward the eternal truth which lies far in the distance”, with a profound sentiment ambition towards that objective. The observatory has a few structures for guests, for example, eatery, footbath. I had a lot of feeling after I visited here.

There are restaurant around here.
There are restaurants around here.
Summer light up in the evening is another attraction here.
Summer light up in the evening is another attraction here.

Name:

羊ヶ丘展望台 Hitsujigaoka observatory.

Website:

Hitsujigaoka website.

Phone:011-851-3080

Address:

Hitsujigaoka 1, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo

Access:

10 min. bus ride from Toho Subway Line Fukuzumi Sta.

Opening hour:

May – June: 8:30 – 18:00.

July – August: 8:30 – 19:00.

September: 8:30 – 18:00.

October – April: 9:00 – 17:00.

*Last admission 15 minutes before closing.

Fee:

Adults ¥520

Junior High School and Elementary School Students ¥300.

 

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