Sapporo Clock Tower 札幌市時計台
A prime gathering spot and beloved symbol of Sapporo
A favorite attraction in Sapporo, the Sapporo Clock Tower has a museum and gallery on the ground floor dedicated to its own history and the accomplishments of graduates and teachers of Sapporo Agricultural College.
Its clock, installed in 1881, was commissioned and purchased from the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company of Boston, and is a weight-driven mechanism.
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Wound by gravity alone
An unusual aspect of the tower's clock is that it is powered solely by the force of gravity. A 50-kilo stone box and 150-kilo bell hung at the bottom of the clock wind the gears and keep the clock ticking. When the weight reaches the bottom, which takes about a week, it is wound back up by a crank handle.
From military facility to library to museum and event space
The tower was originally intended to be used as a drill hall for the Sapporo Agricultural School. It later became a military training facility during World War II, and a library after that.
The tower now houses a small museum and gallery, while the second floor is used mainly as a presentation and event space.