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Historical Village of Hokkaido

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Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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* English-speaking guides are available. (free if a reservation is made no later than one week prior)
* English, Chinese(Simplified and Traditional) and Korean pamphlets are available.
* Wheelchairs are allowed (some are available for loan). Guide dogs are allowed.

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Facility Outline:
A time warp back to the pioneering period in Hokkaido’s history 100 years ago

Old Sapporo Railroad Station

Old Sapporo Railroad Station

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.

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.

Permanent Exhibition:
The area is lined with more than 50 old buildings

A horse-drawn trolley in summer

A horse-drawn trolley in summer

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.

Volunteer guide services are also provided. For English-language guidance, please contact the facility a week in advance.

Aoyama Family Structure for Herring Fishing

Aoyama Family Structure for Herring Fishing

Iwama Family Farmhouse

Iwama Family Farmhouse

Recommended Activities:
Visitors can experience the lifestyles in each of the four seasons in the pioneering days

Police Box at Minami 1-Jo

Police Box at Minami 1-Jo

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.

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.

A horse-drawn sled in winter

A horse-drawn sled in winter

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.

Exhibitions Information

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Basic Information

Facility nameHistorical Village of Hokkaido
AddressKonopporo 50-1, Atsubetsu-cho, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Tel.+81-11-898-2692
HoursApril 1 – 30: 9:00 – 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
May 1 – September 30: 9:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
October 1 – March 31: 9:00 – 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
ClosedApril 1 – 30: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
May 1 – September 30: open daily
October 1 – March 31: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Year-end/New Year holidays (December 29 – January 3)
Admission feeSummer (April – November): adults: 830 yen; high school and university students: 610 yen; junior high school students or younger and adults aged 65 or over: free<br>Winter (December – March): adults: 680 yen; high school and university students: 550 yen; junior high school students or younger and adults aged 65 or over: free
AccessGet off at the Kaitaku no Mura (Historical Village) terminal bus stop on the JR Hokkaido Bus bound for Kaitaku no Mura from JR Shin-Sapporo Station, the Shin Sapporo subway station (Tozai Line) or Sapporo Station Bus Terminal.
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