In the Hitsujigaoka district, the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Tsukisappu Sheep Farm was built before the war as a research center for wool; at its highest peak there were over 2,000 sheep being raised here. From this time, many observers began to visit.
After the war, the observers (tourists) increased, and due to the threat tourists imposed upon the research results, the number of visitors entering the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center unfortunately had to be regulated.
The city of Sapporo and various tourism organizations argued about how this would effect the valuable tourist resource and many discussions followed concerning the admission to the agricultural center until finally in 1959, it was decided that the Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, managed and run by the Sapporo Tourism Association, would be built in one corner of the research center.

Dr. William Smith Clark, the father of pioneers in Hokkaido and man who left the famous words "boys be ambitious", is the model of the sculpture created by sculptor Tando Saka.
His right arm is raised in his characteristic pose as he points "toward the eternal truth which lies far in the distance", with a deep feeling of ambition towards that goal.

Who is Dr. Clark?
Dr. William Smith Clark July 31st, 1826 - March 9th, 1886.
Born in Massachusetts in the United States of America. He came to the Sapporo Agricultural School (present day Hokkaido University) in July of 1876 as the first vice-principal, in other words a "hired foreigner" or "foreign government advisor."

Although Clark stayed in Sapporo for a mere eight months, he greatly influenced the students; and those who actually were taught by him inherited and carried on his spirit. The second year students especially produced famous human resources such as Uchimura Kanzo and Nitobe Inazo. In April of 1877 when his term was finished, he departed for America leaving the students who came to see him off with the words "Boys be ambitious!"

"Uchimura Kanzo later mentions that ""boys"" does not refer to only boys, but to all people who are devoted to pushing on towards ""hope."" Clark also noted that Japanese students were small in statue and in order to improve their weak bodies, he forbade them from eating mainly rice. However, it was not so concerning ""curry rice."" In fact, there is a theory that Clark is the man who spread ""curry rice"" throughout Japan. "
Why is Clark's statue at Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill?
Before a full-scale statue of Dr. Clark, who was the first vice-principal for the Sapporo Agricultural School (presently Hokkaido University), was built on Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill , originally there was a bust statue which stood on campus at the university, where many tourists came to visit. As the number of tourists increased and large tour buses began to flood the university, they were banned from entering the premises due to interrupting university research.

The Sapporo Tourism Association decided that a statue of Dr. Clark, who is symbolic of the development of Hokkaido, should be seen by people all over the country, and continue to spread his pioneering spirit. For this reason, to commemorate the centennial anniversary of his visit to Hokkaido and the bicentennial anniversary of the United States of America the monument was built on Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill.
How would you like to make a vow to Dr.  Clark, the pioneer father of Hokkaido?

What is the vow of ambition?

Write down your "vow for ambition" concerning your dreams or hopes on paper and drop it into the box provided on Dr. Clark's Statue stand. Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill will store it for you until you come again to see your vow one day.

* In order to see your "vow for ambition" again, please do not forget the date you drop it into the box.

One sheet: ¥100 (tax included)

* This is a service only offered at Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill. There is a ¥100 storage charge.

Hitsujigaoka Observatory is open 365 days all year round.


May - June 8:30-18:00
(8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
July - August 8:30-19:00
(8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
September 8:30-18:00
(8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
October - April 9:00-17:00
(9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Facility hours of operation

Hitsujigaoka Rest House(Restaurant)
May - June 10:30-17:00
(10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
July - August 10:30-19:00
(10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
September 10:30-18:00
(10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
October - April 10:30-15:00
(10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

※ The last order is thirty minutes prior to closing time.

Miyata-ya Café/Souvenir shop/Snow festival museum Hours of operation
May - June 8:30-18:00
(8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
July - August 8:30-19:00
(8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
September 8:30-18:00
(8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
October - April 9:00-17:00
(9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  Fees Group Fees
Adults ¥520 ¥470
Junior High
¥300 ¥270
・Group discount applies to groups over 30.
・Prices include tax
・Parking for 150 vehicles, 16 large tour buses
・Free parking
  • New Chitose Airport → JR Sapporo Sta. 1 hour drive /30 min. ride on JR
  • New Chitose Airport → Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill 40 min. drive
  • JR Sapporo Sta. → Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill 30 min. drive
  • 10 min. bus ride from Toho Subway Line Fukuzumi Sta.