Historical Village of Hokkaido
What kind of place is Village of Hokkaido?
The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum that contains historical structures of Hokkaido built in the Meiji and early Showa eras and then dismantled, reconstructed and restored or reproduced there. It was opened in 1983 to preserve precious cultural assets and hand them down to later generations and to allow people to learn through experience about the lives of people during the frontier days. It is made up of four areas — Town, Fishing Village, Farm Village and Mountain Village — which contain 52 historical structures, and the villages make up one big exhibition area. In the summer a horse-drawn trolley runs along the main street of the Town, and in winter a horse-drawn sleigh goes around the villages.
Seasonal village festivals and events including farm work and other hands-on events are held periodically throughout the year. In the hands-on learning building, a person can make traditional toys and experience play from the past such as beanbags, marbles and tops.
There are also demonstrations of how to use a lever press by a volunteer, demonstrations of straw work, explanations of the buildings and guided tours. The horse-drawn trolley runs at 30 to 40 minute intervals, covering the villages, a distance of approximately 500 meters, in approximately five minutes.
|Hours||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May to Sept.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. to April
|Closed||Open 7 days a week May to Sept.
Closed every Monday Oct. to April
(the following weekday if Monday is a holiday or substitute holiday)
|Admission||Adults: 830 yen Apr. to Nov. / 680 yen Dec. to Mar.
Students (full-time with current ID): 610 yen Apr. to Nov.
550 yen Dec. to Mar.
※People junior high school age and younger and age 65 and over and with disabilities are admitted free of charge.