Hoheikan Building

Hoheikan Building Nakajima Park

Admission¥300 per person
¥270 per person for groups of 20 people or
Free for junior high school students and younger
Opening Hours9am – 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
ClosedEvery second Tuesday of the month (or the following day if Tuesday falls on a holiday)

Location /
Getting There
9 Chome-2-20 Kita 7 Jōhigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 065-8518, Japan.

Catch a bus from number four station near the north exit of Sapporo Station, or any Sapporo Beer Factory bus.

Emperor Meiji

Hoheikan started construction in 1879 and opened in 1881. It is the only hotel built buy the Meiji government and was opened for Emperor Meiji’s visit to Sapporo where he stayed for 4 days. It is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan and is the oldest wooden hotel building in existence in Japan. It was originally located around Odori park but was relocated to Nakajima Park in 1958.  It was opened as a civic exchange centre after its restoration in 1958. The whole building was constructed in the American style, but the balcony and its accompaniments at the front of the building was constructed in European style. Its architecture is representative  of the early Meiji period and was built using traditional techniques.



Hoheiken showcases a reproduction of the guest room where Emperor Meiji  stayed on his visit to Sapporo and there is a video available in the building that shows a short piece on the history of Hoheikan. Hoheikan acts not only as a historical building but as a popular spot for wedding venues. There is a restaurant and cafe, housed in the building, and guests can enjoy snacks here. The restaurant serves Japanese and French cuisine, and uses ingredients harvested in Hokkaidō prefecture!



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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.