The Ainu Culture Promotion Center is a fascinating place where visitors can learn about the livelihood, culture, art and history of the indigenous Ainu people who have fostered a unique culture. It is Japan’s first facility featuring indigenous peoples, where visitors can watch, touch and experience numerous traditional Ainu handicrafts Read More ....
|Admission||Main Exhibition Hall
Hokkaido Museum & Hokkaido Historical Village
|Opening Hours||9:30 - 17:00 (May to September)
9:30 - 16:30 (October to April)
(If the Monday is a public holiday then the Tuesday will be closed)
December 29th - January 3rd
|Notes||Audio Guides are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Russian.
Audio Guides are available for rental at the Welcome Center on the 1st Floor.
In the Main Exhibition Hall, there are multilingual explanation boards in each exhibition area.
|Getting There||From Shin-Sapporo Station
Bus Terminal Stop 10
Take the JR Bus No. “Shin 22” bound for the Historical Village of Hokkaido, then get off at Hokkaido Museum
The bus ride lasts 15 minutes.
From Shinrinkoen Station
Higashiguchi (East Entrance) stop
The aforementioned bus from Shin-Sapporo Station stops at Shinrinkoen Station.
The bus ride lasts 5 minutes.
It is 20 to 25 minutes on foot from Shinrinkoen Station.
The Hokkaido Museum, also known as Mori-no-Charenga was opened in 2015. This 2 story building replaces the old Historical Museum and joins the Ainu Research Culture Centre. The museum is open to the public and introduces a look into the history, culture and nature of Hokkaido. It researches the relationship between the natural environment and people, the Ainu culture, and the lives of the immigrants coming from Honshu. It also collects and preserves materials from the land and the people of Hokkaido, and conducts exhibitions, educational activities and events.
The museum is beautifully laid out and the exhibits are well presented, well lit and the information is available in English and Chinese. There are 2 floors. The bottom floor looks at the history of Hokkaido and goes through artifacts and fossils throughout the region. It also has models and artifacts looking at the history of the fascinating Ainu culture. The 2nd floor looks at the more modern history of Hokkaido and its wildlife. It has some hands on items that are great for the kids. The second floor also has a lookout platform and rest area that has views of Nopporo forest.
The Hokkaido Historical Museum is a well designed museum with lots of information. There is a coffee shop on the 1st floor, lockers for bags and it has wheelchair access. There are a number of events throughout the year on their calender with special exhibitions. This museum is also in a great spot to see the Centennial Memorial Tower, which is a 10 minute walk away. The museum is also a 10 minute walk from the Hokkaido Historical Village, that is also a must see when in Nopporo Forest!