It’s not too often that I would recommend a visit to a former government building, but I’ll make an exception in the case of Sapporo. Given the central downtown core location, it’s hard to miss a visit to the red-brick, neo-baroque building (designed to strike a remarkable resemblance to the Massachusetts State Building in the U.S.). Built in 1888; it was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1911. The offices were rebuilt and designated as a national cultural property in 1969 in an effort to preserve and maintain the structure. Today, the grounds are a great place to stroll around its ponds and gardens and soak in a little of the history of the City of Sapporo.
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