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Hokkaido Museum

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Sapporo City, Hokkaido
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* Audio guidance is available in English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean and Russia.
* English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean and Russia pamphlets are available.
* Multilingual explanatory display boards (English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean and Russia)
* Wheelchairs are allowed (some are available for loan).

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General museum representing Hokkaido

Hokkaido Museum

Skeletal preparations of a Naumann’s elephant and a mammoth

Skeletal preparations of a Naumann’s elephant and a mammoth

The Hokkaido Museum (a.k.a. Mori no Charenga) is a new museum that was opened to the public in April 2015. The museum serves as the union of two prefectural facilities – the Historical Museum of Hokkaido (opened in 1971) and the Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center (opened in 1994). Mori no Charenga is a general museum established by the Hokkaido Government to introduce the nature, history and culture of Hokkaido. The museum is used as a base for research and studies on the relationship between the natural environment and humans, the Ainu culture, and lifestyles of immigrants from the mainland of Japan, among other themes, the collection and preservation of precious data and materials for the Hokkaido people, and exhibitions, education programs, events and other projects are held here. Unique goods, souvenirs and publications of the museum are available at the museum shop on the 1st floor.

The Hokkaido Museum is located in the rich natural environment of Nopporo Forest Park. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful landscape that changes with the seasons and encounter Hokkaido squirrels, black woodpeckers and other rare wildlife. Along with the Historical Village of Hokkaido, an outdoor museum where buildings and houses of the frontier period of Hokkaido have been relocated and restored, the area surrounding the museum creates a space for people of all ages to enjoy the nature, history and culture unique to Hokkaido.

Permanent Exhibition:
1.2 million years ago to the present day – comprehensively learning the nature, history and culture of Hokkaido

Clay figurines from the Jomon period

First Theme: Hokkaido’s Tale of 1.2 Million Years
Clay figurines from the Jomon period

The main exhibition hall introduces the nature, history and culture of Hokkaido based on two concepts: “Hokkaido as Part of Northeast Asia” and “The Interrelationships of Nature and Humans” based on the following five themes: (1) Hokkaido’s Tale of 1.2 Million Years; (2) The Culture and Recent History of the Ainu; (3) The Secret of Hokkaido’s Unique Identity; (4) Toward Our Time; and (5) The Ecosystems of Hokkaido. The first theme for the exhibition introduces the history of the island of Hokkaido and the local people from approximately 1.2 million years ago to the end of the 19th century. The second theme introduces the current situation of the Ainu people, the tools, religion, stories and songs that have been passed down through the generations, and the Ainu people living in modern-day society. The third theme introduces various specialties cashing in on the blessings of nature and severe winter-resistant ways and means for comfortable lifestyles. The fourth theme covers the development of Hokkaido from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The fifth theme allows visitors to observe the current state of the nature in Hokkaido and the connections between creatures that live there from the viewpoints of brown bears, Hokkaido sika deer, salmon and other wildlife.

Traditional house, tools and other articles

Second Theme: The Culture and Recent History of the Ainu
Traditional house, tools and other articles

Various stoves and snow-clearing tools

Third Theme: The Secret of Hokkaido’s Unique Identity
Various stoves and snow-clearing tools

Fourth Theme: Toward Our Time Somewhat old-fashioned equipment and other articles

Fourth Theme: Toward Our Time
Somewhat old-fashioned equipment and other articles

Fifth Theme: The Ecosystems of Hokkaido Life-size brown bear bench

Fifth Theme: The Ecosystems of Hokkaido
Life-size brown bear bench

Recommended Activities:
Skyview from the rooftop that overlooks the cityscape of Sapporo

The view of Hokkaido Centennial Memorial Tower as seen from the rooftop

The view of Hokkaido Centennial Memorial Tower as seen from the rooftop

Take the elevator to the rooftop and enjoy breathtaking landscapes. Stepping out of the elevator at the top gives visitors a superb panoramic view of Sapporo’s cityscape, Nopporo Forest Park and the Hokkaido Centennial Memorial Tower. The landscape of the Nopporo hills on a beautiful sunny day provides visitors unforgettable memories for life.
*To ensure visitors’ safety, the rooftop is open to visitors only during events.

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Basic Information

Facility nameHokkaido Museum
AddressKonopporo 53-2, Atsubetsu-cho, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Tel.+81-11-898-0466
HoursMay – September: 9:30 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
October – April: 9:30 – 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
ClosedMondays (or the next business day if Monday is a national or substitute holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 – January 3)
Admission feeAdults: 600 (500) yen; College and high school students: 300 (200) yen; Elementary and junior high school students: free
*Parentheses: price per person for groups of 10 or more
*Adults aged 65 or over or people with disabilities: free
AccessFrom Sapporo Station (40 minutes – 1 hour)
・Take a train bound for New Chitose Airport (Chitose Line), get off at Shin-Sapporo Station, and take a bus or taxi.
・Take a train bound for Asahikawa (Hakodate Line), get off at Shinrinkoen Station, and walk (20 – 25 min.) or take a bus.
・Take the Tozai subway line to Shin Sapporo Station (last stop), and take a bus or taxi.
From New Chitose Airport (approx. 1 hour)
・Take a train bound for Sapporo (Chitose Line), get off at Shin-Sapporo Station, and take a bus or taxi.
From Shin-Sapporo Station (Bus Terminal Platform 10; approx. 20 minutes)
・Take JR Hokkaido Bus “Shin 22” (bound for Kaitaku no Mura (Historical Village of Hokkaido), and get off at the Hokkaido Hakubutsukan (Hokkaido Museum) stop.
By car
・Take National Route 12 both from the Sapporo and the Asahikawa sides (approx. 40 minutes from central Sapporo).
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