It was getting late and I knew that most of the guests had already left because I was surrounded by old buildings, silence, and no one else. It was a little disconcerting, but the open fields of the Farm Village before me and the tall trees of the Mountain Village beyond that made me feel like I was in a part of the Shire – or maybe wide open spaces just remind me how teeny tiny I am.
The Farm Village is one of the four areas of the Historical Village of Hokkaido. Like the Mountain Village and the Fishing Village, and unlike the Town, it does not have a lot of buildings, actors, and free food. I think that the best feature of the villages is how they actually make you feel like you’re standing by the seaside, surrounded by farmlands, and lost in a mountain. The environment, combined with old architecture, is what makes these villages memorable.
By the time I got away from the shanty and the mocking stares of the trees, the Town was almost empty and the inn, the grocery stores, and the clinic were closing for the day. The 54-hectare outdoor museum felt even wider, emptier, and quieter, and I couldn’t help but feel sad because, despite spending almost 3 hours going around the museum, I wanted to go around once more so I could again feel the wonder and the chill in seeing a part of Japan and history.
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.