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Historical Village of Hokkaido

(Japanese translation below)

The Historical Village of Hokkaido is located in Nopporo Shinrin Park. This is an open air museum which was built to celebrate the centennial of Hokkaido. The park opened in April 1983 and has buildings from the Meiji period to the early Showa period. The purpose of the park is to understand the life of those days and to experience it physically.

Various events are held there all year round. Carp streamers are displayed from April to May. In August, the Star Festival is held and participants can write wishes on a strip of paper and hang it on a bamboo leaf. In December you can experience Mochitsuki. This is making rice cakes in English.

There are more than 50 buildings in the village on 54.2 hectors. There are four areas. There is a farming village, a fishing village, a mountain village and a town. There are some houses and huts in the farming village and you can see architecture that is particular to Hokkaido. A ship and fishing implements are displayed in the fishing village. In this way, each area has its own purpose. There is a guided tour carried out by volunteers and they give explanations about the buildings in both Japanese and English, so tourists can enjoy it.

The opening dates and times are different each season. From May to September it is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From October to April it's open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, it’s closed on Mondays (except when Mondays are holidays it is closed on Tuesdays) and during the New Year (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3).

The fee for adults 15 to 64 is ¥800. The fee is ¥600 for university and high school students with an ID. Junior high students and younger, as well as persons 65 years or older, are free. Those with groups of 10 or more get a ¥100 discount per person.

Parking is free, or you can catch bus 22 from Shin-Sapporo Station. The bus costs ¥210 for adults and ¥110 for children. Get off at the last stop, which takes about 18 minutes from the station. For more information, please check the website below.


樽井 華奈







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