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  • Furano Landscape Gallery
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sorachi-gun Nakafurano Cho Nae Mubanchi
    "This art museum has a collection centered around oil paintings of the Furano area in all four seasons. It was opened as a studio-gallery for the artist Shuichi Okuda, who has spent his 30-year career painting landscapes. ""It's hard to capture my motif through even a single pane of glass,"" he says, and true to his work he paints outside in the harsh northern landscape all year round, in -30 degree centigrade winters or 30+ degree summers. As a result, his paintings have a depth and reality that makes viewers feel as if they are truly in that space. It is housed in the remodeled former Nae Elementary School. The building itself has been modeled into a work of art on its own."

    이 곳도 일본 현지인이 아니면 알아차리기 힘든, 지도로 찾아가야 하는 곳에 위치해있습니다. 위치 상으로도 쉽지 않지만 그래도 찾아가면 까페도 있고 쉼터도 있어 나름 만족하면서 휴식을 취하다 올 수 있습니다. 좋습니다.

  • Kushiro City Children's Play Museum
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    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Saiwaicho 10-2
    This is a cultural facility built to enhance children's sensibility and creativity through various experiences using the five senses. The facility, including a planetarium and playground equipment, is situated behind the Kushiro Regional Government Office. Located on the first floor of the building is Sansan Hiroba, the largest indoor sandbox in Japan that can be enjoyed in any weather. Play equipment such as shovels and buckets are available and can be used anytime. There is also a table sandbox, suitable for those in wheelchairs. There are events to learn about science and nature and both parents and children can enjoy the facility all day long.
  • Akkeshi Waterfowl Observation Center
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Akkeshi-gun Akkeshicho Sannushi 66
    This observation center is about one hour's drive from Kushiro Airport, the eastern Hokkaido gateway from the sky. It works on conservation research for the flora and fauna of the Lake Akkeshi Bekanbeushi Shitsugen, a Ramsar Convention registered wetland. The first floor shows videos of tancho red-capped crane lifestyles from the egg through raising to help make the wetland more familiar. To protect cranes from injury after colliding with canoes they also limit and control the canoeing season. To make sure you don't accidently enter the crane's regular nesting grounds, it's best to stop by the observation center to check current information.

    自然いっぱいの厚岸には多くの野鳥が生息しています。季節になると渡り鳥も姿を見せます。中でも水鳥が豊富で観察館からすぐの場所でバードウォッチングすることが可能です。

  • Ebetsu City Ceramic Art Center
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Ebetsu-shi Nishi-nopporo 114-5
    This cultural center is located a 40-minute drive from Sapporo Station. It is dedicated to run on the concept of viewing, making, and collecting to help create a stronger pottery culture for Hokkaido. They have a Pottery Art and Brick exhibition room, a workshop where visitors can try pottery themselves, and a library with a variety of materials related to pottery that visitors can browse as they will. The first floor lobby has a shop selling pottery and glassware made by city craftspeople, which is the perfect place to look for Ebetsu souvenirs. They have a wide selection of pottery made from Nopporo-sourced clay and other goods with a distinctly Hokkaido-sensibility.

    おしゃれな外観のアートセンターです。 北海道のレンガ造りの歴史は江戸時代末期にまで遡ります。センターでは北海道のレンガ産業の歴史を各種窯業製品、ジオラマ、模型、映像、写真などで紹介していました。 その他にも展示室では道内の窯元の芸術作品を鑑賞することができました。 レンガ工場の歴史はなかなか興味深く、さながらレンガと窯業の博物館といった感じでした。

  • Hoppokan Nostalgia House
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    4.0
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    Hokkaido Nemuro-shi Nosappu 36-6
    This facility is inside Bokyo no Misaki Park, at the eastern tip of Cape Nosappu. It was built to display materials helping to locate the Northern Territories. The local geography and poor climate conditions result in lots of days with terrible fog, restricting vision, so this facility was built to help encourage public recognition and to support the spirits of those who once lived on the islands. It helps educate the public about the origins and history of the islands. There are also displays of materials relating to the lifestyles of the residents who called the islands home, as well as the old city scape and maps showing the old addresses, all filled with prayers for the lost homes. It's a wonderful place to learn about these historic islands.

    U can see many of islands which suppose belong to Japan in the sunny day. This place is rather different from other area in Japan, I guessed. Somehow rather u can feel the feeling of Japanese...

  • Hokkaido Northern Four Islands Community Center Ni - Ho - Ro
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nemuro-shi Honioi 110-9
    "This facility is a place to connect the cultures of Japan (""Ni"" from Nihon) Russia (""Ro"" from Roshia) through Hokkaido (""Ho"" from Hokkaido). It offers education about the history and lifestyle of the Northern Territories. The center's number one claim to fame is the observation room packed with audio-visual aids. They offer support in English and in Russia, and encourage learning for visitors of all ages. There is also a Russian culture room where you can get a real taste of the country's culture, and the Northern Territories museum, to see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears about this unique part of Japan's history, the Northern Territories."

    北方領土問題の学習会で訪問しました。 主催者の企画もありましたが展示物や展望室も現地に来ることで感じることが出来るものかなと感じました。 ロシアとの関係など、興味のある方は一度訪問することをお勧めいたします。

  • Sapporo City Astronomical Observatory
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Chuo-ku Nakajimakoen 1-17
    This is an observatory in Nakajima Park managed by Sapporo Science Center. Observe the sun and stars using a 20-centimeter refracting telescope.

    This small observatory is located within Nakajima Park. It is difficult to find much information of the observatory online, but they should be open most days except Mondays and on days when the...

  • Hakko Gakuen Iris Garden
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    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Toyohira-ku Tsukisamuhigashi 3-11
    This flower spot is inside Hakko Gakuen Hokkaido Agricultural School. It is only open for two weeks from early to late-July. The two-hectare field is managed by students at the school as part of their agricultural training. There are 70,000 Japanese irises of around 450 types, and when they are in bloom the scene is hugely popular with those in the know. Since there aren't any high buildings, the whole field is always in view. While the park is open, they sell irises and original crafts, and the students offer guided tours of the park.
  • Kita no Alps Museum
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Shari-gun Sharicho Asahimachi 11-2
    "This private art museum, marked by its western exterior, is about a five-minute drive from Shiretoko-Shari Station. It exhibits pages from the mountain culture magazine ALP taken from 25 years of its run from 1959. From its inception, ALP was dedicated solely to the idea of ""glorifying nature,"" and through the cooperation of countless nature lovers became a highly spiritual magazine. This museum was founded in 1992 to commemorate the spirit of ALP, and serve as a place to soothe hearts harmed by the modern age. The two-story building exhibits roughly 50,000 pieces, including essential articles that moved readers nationwide, original manuscripts, pictures, and more."

    串田孫一氏の書斎が移築され公開されており、大きな感動を味わいました。 私が浅薄な知識しかない為、未消化ですが、大好きな作家の生原稿も展示。 個人美術館とは思えぬコレクションの豊富さに驚嘆します。 美味しい珈琲を出していただき、ゆったりと鑑賞できました。 尚、駐車場もあるようですが、斜里町はレンタサイクルがおすすめです♪

  • Otaru Music Box Museum Hall Number 2 Antique Museum
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    4.0
    153 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Sakaimachi 6-13
    "This music box company has shops not only in Hokkaido but also nationwide, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa. Enwrapped in the old-fashioned atmosphere of the museum building located 100 meters away from the Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, visitors can enjoy the ""music of the heavens"" of the music boxes in the collection up close. Filled with historic and valuable antique music boxes, visitors can also view an Aeolian pipe organ made in England in 1908. The first self-playing pipe organ brought into Japan, the organ still resounds with the same beautiful sounds today as when it was first built."

    I keep on coming here everytime I travel to Otaru, which is 4 times by now. Its great to walk through both floors gazing at different types of music boxes and glass art on the second floor as well...

  • Shinsei-kan Museum
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    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Bieicho Shinsei no Oka
    "An art museum operating out of a traditional Japanese home building located in Biei, the ""town of hills."" The 200 year old home was moved here from Niigata and contains over 200 paintings and ceramics works. The works of painter Suda Kokuta, who long did the pictures for Ryotaro Shiba's travelogue series, ""Kaido o Yuku,"" became part of the collection after being introduced to the director, an old friend of Shiba. The pieces by Living National Treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka were collected over a 30-year period by the director, who was charmed by the artist's work. A lobby on the third floor offers an exquisite, sweeping view of the hills of Biei and the Tokachi Mountain Range. A not insignificant number of people say they would like to take in this view all day."
  • Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Midorigaoka 2-banchi Midorigaoka Park
    This museum is located approximately a two-minute walk from the Midorigaoka 6-Chome bus stop, or a ten-minute drive from Obihiro Station. Characteristic of the museum is the modern style of the building, which was opened in 1991, and its location in the center of Midorigaoka Park, which covers a vast area of ground. It mainly contains paintings by artists who are closely related to Eastern Hokkaido, and the contents of the exhibits are changed every two to three months. Also of note are the various projects and events, such as seminars and talks where visitors can appreciate the various exhibitions with tours provided by the museum's curators.

    A bronze statue titled Victory (1923) by a French artist Emile-Antoine Bourdelle in front of the building welcomes you at this Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art. It’s one of the six Hokkaido...

  • Eco Museum Osashima Center BIKKY Atelier 3 More
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    4 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nakagawa-gun Otoineppumura Monomanai 55
    This memorial museum is located just outside Osashima Station, and displays around 200 works of Hokkaido-born sculptor, Bikki Sunazawa. The building was originally an elementary school for Otoineppu Village, a village with the smallest population in Hokkaido, before becoming an atelier, and then becoming the exhibition facility for Bikki Sunazawa's works that it is today. The museum is divided by theme into seven areas, such as the 3:00 AM Room, which displays a reproduction of the atelier as it would have once appeared. Other items such as handwritten letters and rough sketches are exhibited here, as well. There are also original goods for sale.

    人口が北海道一少ない音威子府村の村おこしの一環として建設されたのがエコミュージアムおさしまセンターです。かつて学校だった校舎を再利用した建物で、入る前から情緒を感じることができます。200点あまりが展示されており一つ一つに考えさせられるものばかりです。

  • Tokachi-gawa Downriver Disaster Prevention Facility (Tokachi-gawa Museum)
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    Hokkaido Nakagawa-gun Ikedacho Odori Minami 1
    This facility is located approximately a 10-minute walk from Ikeda Station, or a 20-minute drive from Aoyama Interchange. The museum is open only on weekdays, and contains exhibits about rivers and dams. There are currently no guides for the museum, however visitors can freely examine the exhibits. Reservations are required at least one week in advance for group visits. A major feature of the Tokachi River Experience Panorama on the first floor, is that visitors can press a button to view a simulation of the effects of the weir collapsing due to heavy rain. Another attractive aspect of the museum is the 3D theater on the second floor, as well as many exhibits that are easy to understand just by looking at them. There is also a fish tank which contains the different types of fish that live in Tokachi River.
  • Tomakomai City Art Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Tomakomai-shi Suehirocho 3-9-7
    This museum is located to the east of Idemitsu Culture Park, and contains many items that have deep relations to Hokkaido and Tomakomai. The entrance hall features a full-size parent & child mammoth image, and the exhibits of the museum range from items excavated from the nationally designated Shizukawa archaeological site to ammonites and plants and animals that exist in nature nearby. The museum displays works by artists who have connections to the city, and there are also exhibitions, projects and shows with various themes held at the museum. There are also workshops and classes organized here that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

    苫小牧駅からぷらっとみなとに徒歩で移動中、無料観覧日だったので立ち寄ってみました。 特別展は昔あった缶詰工場の回顧展。わかりやすい説明で勉強になりました。 常設展ではアイヌの風俗が描かれていて興味深かったです。

  • Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Goryokakucho 37-6
    This museum is located near the Goryokaku Tower, a three-minute walk from the Goryoukaku Koen Iriguchi bus stop, and about seven minutes on foot from the tram stop Goryoukaku Koen-mae and is combined with the Hakodate Performing Arts Center. The exhibition focuses on modern works born in South Hokkaido and a collection of the calligrapher Kaneko Otei can be seen in the Otei Memorial room. Themed special exhibitions and lectures are also held. A family time is set up on Sunday mornings where families with children can casually visit and use discounts for special exhibitions. Original goods are also sold at the museum shop.

    The admission fee is only 150 yen per person. It is worth spending 30-50 minutes there before visit Goryokaku Tower and Goryokaku Park. The location is directly opposite Goryokaku Tower, very easy...

  • Doll Studio and Gallery 'St Merry'
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    Hokkaido Furano Kitanominecho 24-12
    This gallery of the doll maker, Shizuho Uji, is five-minutes by bus from JR Furano Station, and a three-minute walk from the Kisen Bus Stop. Cute, handmade dolls are displayed at the gallery and are also on sale. The dolls each have their own unique expression and the dolls' accessories and clothing is colored using natural dyes made from dandelion or lavender. At the studio you can see dolls that look like real fairies. Photo books and postcards, as well as dolls, are available for purchase.
  • Abashiri City Folk Museum
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashiri-shi Katsuramachi 1-1-3
    This is a museum in Abashiri, Hokkaido exhibiting the nature of Okhotsk and Abashiri, and the history of the region from ancient times to the present. Exhibits include over 3,000 archaeological and folklore artifacts donated by the honorary director, Yonemura Kioe. An extensive variety of animals and marine life are permanently on display such as brown bears, yezo sika deer and seals, as well as many colorful birds. Visitors can also learn about the history of the development of Abashiri from the Edo era to the present day through the display of the tools used for daily life, the fishing and forestry industries. The building, designed by Yoshiya Tanoue, is also a valuable architectural structure.

    桂町の丘の上にある博物館です。網走監獄が有名ですが、こちらも網走の歴史を学ぶことができ、勉強になります。

  • Flower Garden, Hana-Tento
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    Hokkaido Abashiri-shi Yobito 15-2
    "Enjoy the sight of a variety of flowers on one side of the Lake View Ski Resort between mid-June to mid-October at this scenic spot in Abashiri City, Hokkaido. The garden was planted and is maintained by volunteers of the citizen. There are approximately 40,000 plants such as salvia, marigold, cockscomb and white hydrangea covering the 3.5-ha hillside. You can look out over the flowers and the Shiretoko Mountain Range and Sea of Okhotsk from the lodge at the summit. It is one of Abashiri's leading scenic spots and the ""Hana Photo"" flower garden photo contest is held every year."
  • Rumoi City Umi no Furusato-kan Hall
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    Hokkaido Rumoi-shi Omachi 2-3-1
    "This museum at Cape Ogon, Rumoi's tourist attraction, offers free admission. It introduces the history of Rumoi, which flourished in herring fishing, and trade by the Kitamaebune ships. It explains the tools needed to make herring fishing boats, and the history of herring fishing during the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras is shown on information boards. Pretend to be the captain by trying the ""Rumoi"" pilot simulation ship using actual footage of Rumoi Port. The view of the ocean, mountains and the cape that can be seen from the rooftop is magnificent. Enjoy the culture of Rumoi."

    初めての留萌訪問。街自体がそんな感じ。逆に端々にハイシーズンや過去の隆盛が感じられ、そのギャップが少し寂さすら感じる。サビまくりの屋外階段を上って屋上まで出れば広大な海の景色と雪の積もる山脈、眼下には岬を見下ろすことができる。ちなみに背後には昭和テイスト漂う団地。館内へ。通常の観光地では金を取る望遠鏡が無料なのが良かった。レストランは夏季、それも休日しか営業しないみたいだ。資料室は留萌の歴史が学べ...

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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