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“cosy little village”

Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura)
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Private Sapporo Custom One-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #11 of 387 things to do in Sapporo
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Owner description: Nearly every kind of private and public building, from farmhouse to sleigh factory, is on display in this fascinating open-air museum.
Reviewed August 23, 2012

lots of little shops with the same sort of things not cheap though and unfotunately not really Japanese looking. But nice to visit anyway, not much English spoken

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

i went with school to the historical village in early July, the tour guides are very good and speak English extremely well. It was a very cute and interesting place to go to learn about Sapporo's history and how people used to live. I highly recommend it however smaller children may get bored, but there is a children's room with games, drawing and a supervisor for them to stay with

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The Historic Village of Hokkaido is actually one of two seemingly associated attractions, the other being the close-by Historical Museum of Hokkaido. Both attractions are located outside of Sapporo proper in a suburb called “Shin-Sapporo” and require a 20-minute subway ride. Once arriving at the Shin-Sapporo station, you’ll still need another 15-minute bus ride to the Village. A more convenient, albeit expensive, mode would be one of the many taxicabs you will encounter upon exiting the station. For about ¥1,200 (≈$15.00 US) you can be delivered to the front steps of the Village’s entrance plaza. Once paying the entrance fee you’ll find yourself in a compound of about 60 mostly wooden structures from the mid 19th to early 20th century Hokkaido. These structures, each reproduced authentically with appropriate inside displays, are arranged into four sectors: Town, Fishing Village, Farm Village, and Mountain Village. It will require a fair amount of walking and the better part of the day to adequately view the various buildings which include among others a middle school, post office, barber shop, grocery, noodle shop, a magnificent “herring mansion”, a Shinto shrine, blacksmith shop, and several farmhouses. Each is identified with a sign but the English descriptions are rather meager. Lucky for us we were accompanied by an English-speaking guide, which made our viewing all the more meaningful. Upon paying your entrance fee, consider making it amply clear that you are an oversea visitor, and with some luck maybe an English-speaking volunteer guide will be assigned to accompany you. Our escort for the day was a Mr. Koichi Okizawa, a more gracious and knowledgeable guide there could not be. You will be able to enter all the buildings but be aware that some require you to remove your shoes in accordance with Japanese etiquette. If visiting during the summer as we were, enhancing your experience will be the sight of a horse drawn trolley and well-manicured gardens. Immaculately clean restrooms and resting areas are thoughtfully situated along the way to ease any discomfort you may encounter. Also ideally situated is a large cafeteria offering a decent selection of typical Japanese fare for any welcomed lunch break you may want. Ideally, you should plan to arrive around opening time at 9:00 am and leisurely meander the Village before stopping for lunch at the cafeteria.

If by then you decide you’ve seen enough of the Village, you can then proceed to the near by Historic Museum about a 20-minute walk away. Be prepared to pay another entrance fee, but be assured it will be money well spent. The Historical Museum houses many interesting artifacts to include a collection of fossilized sea creatures from when Hokkaido Island was once submerged and a fascinating display of the enigmatic indigenous Ainu people, the first known inhabitants of the Japan archipelago. The basic theme of the Museum is a progression of scenes illustrating the island of Hokkaido from the Pleistocene Period to colonization, to recession, to World War II, to the postwar period, and ending with a glimpse to what’s in store for tomorrow. There’s so much to see in the Museum that you will be hard pressed to view it all before the 4:30 pm closing time.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Kaitaku-no Mura is located in Sapporo suburb. We came to Shin-Sapporo subway station and walked 50 minutes. It is possible to use bus but we preferred to walk and to see private houses of Japanese families. Historical Village is not so big but present different kinds of old buildings from all areas of Hokkaido. Visitors may not only to see historical buildings but get experience of some crafts.

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

It was amazing and the restaurant is also very good -- do not hesitate to go but please bring comfortable shoes as you need to remove your shoes to enter most of the buildings and put on slippers. Also, if you are going in the winter (as I did - just got back) boots are provided. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area -- it takes 2 or 3 hours to see everything.

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