The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum showcasing buildings of historical importance constructed across Hokkaido in its pioneering era from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. The structures on display have been relocated for restoration or reproduced on this 54.2-hectare site. The village was opened in 1983 to highlight life in the region’s pioneering days and preserve buildings that embody the local cultural flow for posterity.
A time warp back to the pioneering period in Hokkaido’s history 100 years ago
The village itself constitutes a large exhibit in a rich natural environment, creating the experience of a time warp back to the olden days with a horse-drawn trolley in summer, a horse-drawn sled in winter and other attractions. The facility also gives a sense of the wisdom and labor of those who engaged in pioneering work while enduring the many hardships of Hokkaido’s cold climate. The village promises a memorable experience for all visitors with its seasonal festivals and other events, its demonstrations of traditional techniques and performing arts, and its provision of a variety of hands-on and other programs.
The village showcases 52 buildings in four sections representing fishing, farming, mountain and town areas. The information provided on each building includes the period of completion, the characteristics of the construction method used, the structure’s original usage and the historical background.
The area is lined with more than 50 old buildings
Volunteer guide services are also provided. For English-language guidance, please contact the facility a week in advance.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido showcases Western-style buildings unique to Hokkaido, houses combining Western and Japanese architectural styles, Japanese-style homes (e.g., farm residences) constructed by pioneers in the architectural styles of their hometowns, and other structures. Visitors are transported to a world representing Hokkaido around a century ago, and can fully experience the region’s history as well as its old lifestyles and culture.
Visitors can experience the lifestyles in each of the four seasons in the pioneering days
Daily demonstrations given by volunteer staff from mid-April to late October include the work of police officers, the operation of a hand-operated platen press and the creation of straw craftwork pieces. Japan’s only horse-drawn trolley is also a popular attraction in the village.During winter, a horse-drawn sled is operated in the snow-covered village on weekdays and national holidays. The village’s winter life experience program provides great opportunities for visitors to wear old winter clothes, enjoy sledding, bamboo skiing and other winter activities from the olden days, and engage in a range of other activities free of charge.