Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga

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Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga

Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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This comprehensive interactive museum goes all the way back to prehistoric times.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,955 contributions
Hokkaido is one Japan's four main islands, but it was the last to be settled. It still has a touch of the frontier about it. The original inhabitants were the Ainu, an Aboriginal people who have a polynesian background. They are bigger and hairier than most other Japanese. They were hunted mercilessly in days gone by. Many men in Hokkaido have heavy beards, an indicatgion of Ainu inheritance. This museum is very interesting, it's a bit out of the way biut it's well worth a trip.
Written February 20, 2020
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tohxinru
Singapore, Singapore1,317 contributions
Solo
The Hokkaido Museum has a main exhibit split into 5 themes and spread across 2 floors. Themes 1 and 2 focus on the Ainu people, though I was hoping for more information and artefacts. (If you are interested in Ainu museums, there is also a small one located within the Botanic Garden of Hokkaido University.) The main display panels have English descriptions. There are also laminated cards with descriptions in some other languages. You can download an app or rent an audio guide for more detailed explanation of the artefacts. I spent 2 hours here, focusing on the main display panels and gaining an overview.

The admission fee for the Hokkaido Museum is 600 yen for adult and 300 yen for student. Using a discount coupon I got from the Sapporo Station Tourist Information Centre, the admission fee became 500 yen and 200 yen respectively. The combination ticket for the Historical Village and Hokkaido Museum costs 1200 yen.

From Sapporo Station, take JR to Shin-Sapporo Station. A one-way JR ride lasts less than 15 minutes (depending on the type of JR) and costs 260 yen. From Shin-Sapporo Station Bus Terminal, North Lane, Track 10, take bus 新22 to the second last stop called Hokkaido Museum. A one-way bus ride lasts 15 minutes and costs 210 yen. The bus frequency is 1 to 2 buses per hour. The last bus going to the Hokkaido Museum is 2.15pm. The last bus returning from the Hokkaido Museum is 5.42pm.

The Historical Village is supposedly within walking distance from the Hokkaido Museum, but the walk looked daunting to me as it was on a road next to a forest. Instead of walking, I took the bus 新22 for one stop. A one-way bus ride lasts 2 minutes and costs 210 yen.
Written May 26, 2017
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Kathleen C
3321021 contributions
Couples
This museum traces Hokkaido's history from prehistoric times to modern. I found the northward migration of the Japanese to be very interesting, and learned a lot about the Ainu. There were enough placards in English for me to enjoy myself, but could've used a few more translations, especially on the plaques describing Ainu culture.

Tickets: about $6.50USD each
Open 0900-1630

How to get there:

From Sapporo Station, take the JR to Shinrin-koen Station, then take the 5-min bus to the Historical Village (Kaitaku no mura). From there it is a 20-min walk to the museum, following the very clear signage. I recommend pairing the museum with the village, since they're so close to each other.
Written February 19, 2013
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Susan C
Bangkok, Thailand69 contributions
Solo
When I mentioned to friends that I was going to the historical village, they suggested I include the Hokkaido museum. So glad I did. It gives a great back ground and history to the island, with many translations in English and other languages.
Written May 20, 2019
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wymanz2go
Miami, FL289 contributions
Solo
Well-organized and presented exhibitions of the Ainu people and more recent history of Hokkaido, ranging from a wooly mammoth to a vintage Toyota. Nice cultural displays.
Written July 28, 2016
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,955 contributions
Couples
This is an excellent museum, particularly its coverage of the Ainu and early colonial period. It also has many archaeological artifacts. The English captions are very good, you may want to get an audio guide, but that does not seem necessary. The museum seems out of the way, but with a good connection you can get there in an hour from downtown Sapporo, Seniors get a discount. By the way, you will be offered a joint ticket to the pioneer village nearby, Don't feel obliged to take it,
Written October 4, 2018
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Schadla-Hall T
London, UK183 contributions
a stunning building too! This museum tells you everything one needs to know about the Island- the grond floor covers the efornmation , climate and geology of the island0 it is so clear, so informative and easy, there is even a good section on tracing the impact of tsunamis. On the next floor the Jomon period is illustrated with wonderful artefacts and vety informative labels- this is the very long period dealing with the huntergather population. Then the Ainu - the last inhabitants of the island- who still survive- here the history of the colonisation of Hokkaido by the japanese from the 1890s is presented together with the rich natural resources of the island that were always traded with the Japanese (furs fish etc) is effortlessy explained - many clear displays on the art and artefacts of the Ainu culture- as well as the absorption of the Ainu into Japan. I should also mention there are lots of areas for children to understand about Ainu culture! you will not be bored- and you will learn! without noticing.
When I was there there was an amazing temporary exhibition on the remarkable 19th century japanese- Takeshiro Matsura who visited , mapped and recorded the islands,the people and the culture in the late 19th century - excellent summaries in english but the material is stunning- so visit before October to see this!
Written July 22, 2018
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kmodak
Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Family
This is a must visit for all travelers who are interested in the history and culture of this region. The set up is very honest and revealing, as regards the Japanisation of the Hokkaido region is concerned. It is also very honest about the cultural uniqueness of this region as compared to the rest of Japan.
Not all the exhibits are original and many of them are re-creations but the ambiance and the display is wonderful. The information is all very concise yet very informative.
To get there you need to take a bus from the the nearest train station (Sinrinkoen). The last bus from the station leaves at 1408 PM, we missed it and had to wait quite a while for the taxi. Return buses run from the museum back to the subway well after the closing hour of 1630. Though we reached past 3 PM, we were able to enjoy all the exhibits before the closing hour of 1630.
Be sure to download the free app which has English commentary for the exhibits.
Written December 29, 2016
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SJVBeijing
Beijing144 contributions
Friends
The Hokkaido Museum has some interesting displays on a wide range of topics, from archaeology to natural history, from geography and natural history to a good introduction to the Ainu people and their culture. The introductory signs for each section include an English description and there are cards with more detailed information available in many of the rooms. Most of the individual artifacts do not have English labels. This museum is worth a visit. Combine it with a trip to the open air Historical Village.
Written December 27, 2015
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taffandhubby
Cardiff, UK238 contributions
Family
A brief history of the Ainu people is well laid out and presented, with enough English signs to provide interest - apparently you can download an app to supplement this but unfortunately time did not allow us to do this. Broader aspects of local history are also touched on, and it is definitely worth a visit. Perhaps a full day out could include a visit to the nearby historic village, which is also well worth a visit. They are about an hour from Otaru by car, in a lovely area of countryside on the edge of Sapporo.
Written April 6, 2019
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