When visiting historical buildings search for the Red Star, the symbol of the Hokkaido Development Commission
The star which decorates the cans and bottles of Sapporo beer originated from the mark of the polar star which was used by the Hokkaido Development Commission on their flag and buildings. There are many polar stars that still remain in Sapporo and visitors can take a historical tour in search of this symbol.
The Hokkaido Development Commission was established in 1869. A red star in the image of the North Star was used on the "Hokushinki", the flag of the Hokkaido Development Commission. This Star was also used on buildings built by the Commission. Visitors can search for the red star when visiting the Sapporo Clock Tower and the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. The main museum in the Botanic Garden, the Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University and the Seika-tei, which was a guest house for Meiji Emperor, were also built about the same time. Hoheikan, a Western-type hotel built by the Commission was also decorated with a red star. The Sapporo Beer Museum is a building which was originally built as a beet sugar mill that was bought by the predecessor of Sapporo Beer and used as a brewery. This building allows visitors a valuable glimpse into Hokkaido during the Meiji Era.