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Hokudai Shokubutsu-en (Hokkaido University Botanic Gardens)

Hokudai Shokubutsu-en (Hokkaido University Botanic Gardens) Review

With more than 5,000 plant varieties, these gardens are a cool summer retreat. Highlights include a small Ainu Museum with a grisly but fascinating 13-minute film of an Ainu bear-killing ceremony in Asahikawa in 1935, and a stuffed husky sharing a room with bears and an Ezo wolf. This glassy-eyed hound is Taro, one of the canine survivors abandoned in a 1958 Antarctic expedition (a story brought to non-Japanese audiences in the Disney movie Eight Below). After his ordeal, Taro retired to Hokkaido University, died in 1970, and remains here in dusty, shaggy glory.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Kita 3 Nishi 8, Sapporo, 060-0003
  • Phone: 011/221–0066
  • Cost: May–Oct. gardens and greenhouse ¥400; Nov.–Apr. gardens free, greenhouse ¥110
  • Hours: May–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 9–4; Oct.–Nov., 9–3:30
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  • Location: Sapporo
Updated: 09-20-2013

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