Historical Village of Hokkaido – Winter Living Experience

Experience the traditional lifestyle and winter fun!

The open-air museum of the Historical Village of Hokkaido in Atsubetsu Ward, Sapporo, offers visitors the opportunity to experience winter life during the Meiji and early Showa periods. Experience how people back then removed snow, as well as how they had fun in winter, from bamboo skis to wooden sleds! The horse-drawn sleigh ride is also a popular way to view the retro townscape, as you go back in time to experience life over 100 years ago.

Learn about daily life and the tools they used.

In the former main building of the Hokkaido Development Commission, straw boots, snowshoes, skis, and snow removal tools of that time are on display.

It’s time for old-fashioned winter fun!

Skis made of bamboo hooked the toe of the shoe and were often used by children until the early Showa period. They were challenging to keep balance on, but with practice, were a fun pastime. The wooden sleds people used during that period were also heavier than modern plastic sleds, so they got up to speed much faster!

Let’s take a stroll through the streets of old.

Taking a walk down the snowy streets at the Historical Village of Hokkaido will take you back in time. Visit the pioneer-era stores, banks, and even a post office to get a feeling of the lives the people once led during those days.

A horse-drawn sleigh is also available, drawing you deeper into the lifestyle of times past. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December to March February 6 (Monday) to February 10 (Friday), 2023 ※Horse-drawn sleigh rides are dependent on the weather conditions and only available when there is enough snow on the ground.

Historical Village of Hokkaido – Winter Living Experience

Event DateJanuary 8 (Saturday) – Mid-March
VenueKonopporo-50-1 Atsubetsucho, Atsubetsu Ward, Sapporo

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