Have you ever wondered what Hokkaido looked like in the past? Would you like to experience its pioneering days? The Historical Village of Hokkaido will give you an experience of the lifestyle in old Hokkaido during all four seasons.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido was opened in the year 1983 because the city wanted to highlight its pioneering days, as well as its old lifestyles and culture. The outdoor museum is located in the Noporro Shinrin Park, and consists of more than 50 buildings that are lining the area. Many of the structures that are on display have already been here after they were relocated for restoration since the Meiji and Taisho periods. It currently sits on a 54.3 hectare site, and you can easily spend half a day walking around in the rich natural environment.
The Historical Village feels like a time warp that goes back to the olden days, where you can see horse-drawn trolleys and sleds. The winter experience in the village gives visitors the opportunity to wear traditional winter clothes, and participate in all sorts of traditional winter activities. There is also an abundance of demonstrations relating to Hokkaido’s traditional techniques, as well as exhibitions about the region’s seasonal festivals.
The village is divided into four areas: a town, a farm area, a fishing area and a mountain area. All of the structures have information provided on how they were constructed, as well when they were completed. There are (English) volunteer guide services available for those who want it. If you want a guided tour, it is best to contact the facility about a week in advance to make a reservation.
The village is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach the village by subway from Odori Station to Shin-Sapporo Station. From there, you can take the JR Hokkaido Bus. It will take around 15 minutes to get to the main entrance. Click here for more information.
Feel the historic atmosphere of Hokkaido in the Historical Village, this is a great way to get acquainted with the life of the people that lived on the northernmost island of Japan a long time ago!