He’s been dead for years but he offered to tour me around his clinic. The normal reaction would have been to run away but since he seemed happy to do it, although his mustache was falling off, I agreed to take the tour. His clinic was small but well-maintained and after the tour I finally snapped out of my fascination to ask him for a photo, but he was already speaking to two children who seemed as enchanted with him as I was. It was disappointing but I didn’t feel so bad because I knew I would spend the next two hours taking pictures of the other 51 buildings in the Historical Village of Hokkaido.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido is a 54-hectare outdoor museum that exhibits around 60 historical structures that were reproduced or relocated from all over Japan. The structures are grouped together under Fishing Village, Farm Village, Mountain Village, or Town, which was my favorite because I got to speak to a long-dead doctor, inspect the goods in really old grocery stores, and even pray in a church built in Kobe in the 1890s. Here are the buildings I liked the most in one of the coolest towns I have ever been to:
After an hour of walking around Town, I had seen many buildings and talked to many people that Dr. Kondo’s tour seemed like a long time ago. I still wanted to explore the area more but at the same time I couldn’t wait to see what history and culture and people I would find in the Fishing, Farm, and Mountain Villages of the Historical Village of Hokkaido.
9:00 – 16:30 (ticket office closes at 16:00)
9:00 – 17:00 (from May to September) The museum is closed from Dec. 30 to Jan. 03.
Adult – 830 YEN (April-November), 680 YEN (December-March)
Student – 610 YEN (April-November), 550 YEN (December-March) Groups with 10 or more people get a discount.
Take a train from JR Sapporo Station to Shinrin-Kōen Station.
Take a bus from the station to the Historical Village of Hokkaido.