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Hokkaido Sights

Hokudai Shokubutsu-en (Hokkaido University Botanic Gardens)

  • Kita 3 Nishi 8 Map It
  • Sapporo
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 09/20/2013

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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.

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Kita 3 Nishi 8, Sapporo, 060-0003, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • May–Oct. gardens and greenhouse ¥400; Nov.–Apr. gardens free, greenhouse ¥110
  • May–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 9–4; Oct.–Nov., 9–3:30

Updated 09/20/2013


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