Located in the Nopporo Forest Park that lies in the outskirts of Sapporo, this 54 hectare open air museum is larger and in parts more rustic in feel than the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum in the Tokyo suburb of Koganei (but less so than the Korean Folk Village in Yongin City). Boasting some 60 buildings, the vast majority of them original structures from the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japanese history (i.e., 1868-1926), it's all the more impressive that they have been furnished to look as they would have been in that era.
So fascinating is this Historic Village that my mother and I spent some five hours walking around and looking about the place on our first full day in Hokkaido this time around. And while my favorite open air museum remains the art museum in Hakone (which I'd love to revisit some time), this one also most definitely has its charms and is one I'd recommend to those interested in historical architecture and local history...
Aboard the horse-drawn trolley that runs in the summer
As luck would have it, the town section of the Historical Village
of Hokkaido was being used as a film (or TV show?) set that day
-- with the costumed extras definitely adding to the atmosphere!
The home of a farming family of samurai descent whose
stones-topped roof my mother and I found fascinating
The only self-portrait I took in Hokkaido -- using a reflection
in the window of, appropriately enough, a photo studio :)
Puppet Ponyo poses in front of the fishing village section
of the open-air museum :b
The living area of a surprisingly large set of buildings
for herring fisherfolk
Interior view of another sizable building -- that of the
Martial Arts Gymnasium of Hokkaido
The beautiful Old Sapporo Railway Station is now used
as the museum's management office building