Hokkaido Historical Museum

Hokkaido Historical Museum Sapporo
AdmissionMain Exhibition Hall
Adults ¥600
Students ¥300

Hokkaido Museum & Hokkaido Historical Village
Adults ¥1200
Students ¥700
Opening Hours9:30 - 17:00 (May to September)

9:30 - 16:30 (October to April)
ClosedEvery Monday
(If the Monday is a public holiday then the Tuesday will be closed)

December 29th - January 3rd
ContactPhone: 011-898-0466
Fax: 011-898-2657

NotesAudio 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.

Wheelchair access
Lockers available
Getting ThereFrom 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.

On foot
It is 20 to 25 minutes on foot from Shinrinkoen Station.

Hokkaido Historical Museum Sapporo 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.

Hokkaido Historical Museum Sapporo

2nd floor exhibit

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!

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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.