On the southeastern side of Sapporo, Hitsujigaoka offers beautiful views of the Ishikari plains, juxtaposed with the modern Sapporo Dome. Originally used to raise sheep for the Hokkaido National Agriculture Reasearch facility, the Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is where visitors flock to snap unique shots.
The name in Japanese - Hitsujigaoka - translates to "hill of sheep"
The area was once so popular, visitors had to be regulated until the smaller Observation Hill was opened
The original bust of Dr. Clark at the Hokkaido University suffered from similar issues, resulting in the now-iconic statue
Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is accessible by private vehicle, bus, and subway.
Transit by subway is available year-round. Take the Toho line to Fukuzumi Station (35 minutes), then transfer to the number 84 bus (10 minutes) to the Hitsujigaoka bus stop.
A note: between April and November, going by bus offers the most direct access. From Sapporo Station, simply take the number 89 bus (40 minutes).
For those arriving by car, free parking is available.
Dr. William S. Clark, an American professor, was invited by the Japanese government in 1876 to help establish the Sapporo Agricultural College (now the Hokkaido University). His knowledge and teachings had a lasting impact on Hokkaido's colonization, and he remains an important figure for the prefecture today. Snapping a photo while replicating his statue's famous pose is a must for visitors to Hitsujigaoka.