Hokkaido University (北海道大学 Hokkaidō daigaku), or Hokudai (北大), is a Japanese national university in Sapporo, Hokkaido.[4] It is a member of the Imperial Universities, which were established to be the nation’s finest institutes of higher education or research. It is located in downtown Sapporo, just north of Sapporo Station, and stretching approximately 2.4 kilometers northward. It is considered one of the top universities in Japan.