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  • Sapporo Shiryokan (Former Sapporo Court of Appeals)
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 13-chome
    Sapporo Shiryokan is located to the west of Odori Park, and at the time when the building was constructed in 1926 was used as the Sapporo Court of Appeals (now the Sapporo High Court.) Made from valuable Sapporo soft stone, it has also been designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property. In addition to exhibition rooms on the city’s history and the criminal court, the building also contains galleries that can be enjoyed by city residents such as the memorial hall for Sapporo-born manga artist and painter Hiroshi Ooba.

    We took the underground Tozai Line from Oodoori for one stop to Nishi Juichi Chome to visit Sapporo City Shiryoukan Museum, located on the western edge of Oodori Park. The building built in 1926 was...

  • Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples
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    115 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 21-7
    Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples is located in Suehiro Town, Hakodate and introduces the lives and culture of northern peoples. Collections with high academic value on a global level are on display. They include materials formerly held by Hakodate City Museum collected by philanthropists and the Hokkaido Development Commission between 1879 and 1886 in addition to Ainu folk materials collected by Dr. Osamu Baba, a world authority on research into northern peoples.

    Nice to find a proper museum on the Ainu and other northern peoples. Not much to read in english, but great exhibits of material and clothes.

  • Rausu Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Yunosawachou 6-27
    You can find out about the nature, history and culture of Shiretoko through the displays, commentary and films at the Rausu Visitor Center. In this center, you can see displays of killer whale skeletons, different panel displays and taxidermy. You can also see videos that introduce the scenery of Shiretoko and the local ecology. There is a playground for kids in this center which is great to visit with them.

    This should be the standard by which all other visitor centres should be judged. Excellent in every way.

  • Teshikaga Town Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kussharo City Ichijyu 11
    This museum which passes on the history, culture, manners and customs of the Ainu is located on the southern shore of Lake Kussharo in eastern Hokkaido. The architect Kikou Mozuna who was born in Kushiro City designed this unique building which is very interesting. You can wear traditional Ainu dress for free and experience making bookmarks with the Ainu motif embroidery as well as coasters. The museum is open from April 29 to October 31.

    Dedicated to the Ainu people with a small collection of artefacts but the exhibits still cover a range of themes with some English descriptions. The best part is the approx. 25 mins English video...

  • Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido
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    24 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Saiwaichou 4-1-5
    Located around 15 minutes' walk from JR Kushiro Station in the waterfront area in Kushiro's city center, Kushiro Art Museum is an important center for culture and the arts in the Kushiro / Nemuro region. The main focus of the museum's collections and exhibits-which include everything from Nihonga paintings, oil paintings, woodblock prints and photographs to three-dimensional sculptures-is on works based on natural themes, and works that are connected to the Kushiro / Nemuro region. The Arts Hall-which is a combined concert hall and lecture hall-is used for holding film showings, museum seminars, lectures to accompany special exhibitions, etc. Workshops and experiential activities are also held in the Free Art Room.

    This is the closest public building to the cruise terminal ! It is a small museum worth a quick visit that has the following advantages :free and fast WIFI available , a Tourist Information Office...

  • Jozankei Dam Museum
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    7 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Jouzankei 8
    The Jozankei Dam is located on the Otarunai River, a part of the Ishikari River system, situated along the scenic Jozankei Lakeline road in Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo City. Completed in 1989, the dam is used for flood control, water supply, and hydroelectric power generation. The Jozankei Dam Museum provides information on the workings of the dam and the surrounding natural environment. Other area facilities include a park downstream; an observatory; and Lake Sapporo, a dam lake. Visitors can enjoy the area's seasonal scenery, including spectacular fall foliage in autumn.

    定山渓温泉の入り口から40分近く歩いて到着した定山渓ダム下流園地の一角にあった無料の展示施設です。場所はトンネルの一部のような狭い場所ですが、大きなダムの一部に入っていくと言うちょっとしただいご味はありました。

  • Nemuro City History and Nature Museum
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    16 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nemuro-shi Hanasakiminato 209
    This museum is a red brick building built in 1942 as the Nemuro Detachment Office of the Ominato Navy Signal Unit, and presently collects, stores and exhibits materials on the history and nature of Nemuro City and its surroundings. It has precious materials, such as a drawing of a Russian ship drawn when Laxman visited Japan, boundary stones placed on the 50 degrees north latitude line in Karafuto and showed the border between Japan and Russia, and Chishima sea otter specimens.

    Had a great tour from a guide who made a great effort to help me understand everything, even using a little English. There is definitely more to Nemuro than meets the eye, some things definitely...

  • Kamishihoro Town Railway Museum
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    Hokkaido Kato-gun Kamishihorocho Nukabira Gensen Go
    This cultural facility exhibits materials related to the former National Railway Shihoro line, which was decommissioned in 1987. The museum is located in the remains of the former Nukabira Station, and displays rails and trains actually used on the line. Inside the building, you can watch a film taken from the driver's seat back when the line was in use, showing the run from Obihiro Station to Nukabira Station. There are exhibits of rail maps, explanations of the history of the Shihoro line, pictures of construction, and track maintenance tools as well, all recreating that time in Shihoro's history. The authentic enamel station name signs and nostalgic timetables are hugely popular with rail fans.

    The entry fee is super low. Its nice to drop by. Very nostalgic inside. Made me think of the glorious days of this area in the past. Now the town has a very low population which is kind of sad...

  • Marimo exhibition and observation center
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    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Akancho Akankonsen 1-5-20
    This nature-observation center is on Churui Island, in the northern section of Lake Akan. You can observe the area's Special Natural Monument, marimo algae, and learn about its habitat. Inside the facility is a massive tank recreating the bottom of Lake Akan, letting you see ball marimo resting quietly in its natural environment. You can sometimes find shockingly large specimens, as well. Outside are spots where you can watch Lake Akan's native Sakhalin taimen salmon and white throated char. Altogether, this is a relaxed atmosphere where you can learn about and enjoy Lake Akan's natural scenery. You can get to the center via sightseeing cruise or high-speed ferry.

    To be arriving to by boat (general or private). 15 minutes are enough, but very explenatory, even in english. Very special exhibition

  • Red-crowned Crane Observation Center
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    8 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Akancho Kamiakan 23-39
    This facility is connected to the Akan International Crane Center [GRUS]. The Akan area has long been a center for winter crane preservation and research, and is a center for observing various birds and crane varieties including red-capped tancho cranes. The building has displays of maps, photographs, and research materials on the birds to study at your leisure. The center is open from November through March, during the wild cranes' stopping season. The feeding area in front of the center carries out artificial feeding processes. There are panel displays teaching about the lifestyle and ecology of the tancho red-capped crane, and are a perfect way to get more familiar with these registered Special Natural Monuments.

    Our guide here told us that in the early 1900s there were only around a dozen of the giant birds that were still living. Now, after conservation tactics, the number of cranes has climbed to over...

  • Yonemachi Furusato Hall
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    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Yonemachi 1-1-21
    This is the oldest wooden minka home in Kushiro. It was originally opened in 1900 as a joint home and marine products shop, and has been preserved and opened to the public. The interior recreates the days when Kushiro's fishing industry was thriving, and displays materials related to poet Takuboku Ishikawa, as well as photographs and panel displays dating from the Meiji through the Taisho eras. It's a great place to bathe in nostalgia for Japan's good old days! It gives you a glimpse at the lifestyles of merchants back in the days when Kushiro's economy was booming. It's just past the lighthouse-style observation platform at Yonemachi Park, and free to enter, so people often drop by both.

    100年以上の釧路最古の歴史を持つ木造民家でス。このエリアには啄木の歌碑が多く点在しています。米町公園、米町1丁目-米町4丁目あたりに六つあります。釧路の浪漫を感じる歌碑ばかりです。

  • Sugar beets Museum
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    22 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Inadacho Minami 8 Nishi 14
    This museum is located approximately a 10-minute drive from JR Obihiro Station. It was built in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The factory has exhibits and explanations of materials and processes related to the cultivation and manufacture of sugar and its raw material, sugar beet. The first exhibition room contains reproduction models of the old Obihiro Sugar Plant and other artifacts from the time of its construction. The second exhibition room contains exhibits that display the history of the technology and actual farm equipment that was historically used. And in the third exhibition room, the history of the sugar industry as a whole is displayed in three dimensions with panels and models. There are also videos that show the cultivation of sugar beet and the manufacturing process of sugar.

    ビートから砂糖ができるまでと、日本における製糖の歴史を学べます。本来館長?のおじさんが丁寧に案内してくれるようですが、この日は先客がいて自分で見て回りました。

  • Sendai-han Shiraoi Former Encampment Museum
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    7 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Shiraoi-gun Shiraoicho Jinyamachi 681-4
    This museum is located approximately a five-minute drive from Shiraoi Station, or a 10-minute drive from Shiraoi Interchange. The museum is located inside the grounds of the Sendai-han Shiraoi Encampment Remains, which is a national historic site. The museum was built in 1984, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Shiraoi Town's founding. In addition to the diorama model reproduction of the encampment, maps and other exhibits, there are also approximately 300 other artifacts, including maps of Ezo and weapons. And, in addition to exhibits and lectures that teach visitors about the history of Shiraoi, the museum also sells guide maps and historical handbooks. Also, although only a specific period is offered, there are explanations by volunteer guides, requests for these guides must be made at least 10 days in advance.

    道央道白老ICからすぐで、案内板があるので迷わず行けます。陣屋と言っても造りは、城郭風でとてもキレイに整備されています。散策しても1時間くらいなので、往時を偲びながら回ってみると良いと思います。資料館は決して大きくはないですが、幕末に蝦夷地警備のためにやって来た仙台藩士のこと、アイヌ民族との関りなど、詳しい資料展示がされています。また土日祝は学芸員の方からの解説を聞きながら見学できるので、より理解...

  • SKY MUSEUM
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    95 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 3F
    The SKY MUSEUM is situated on the Third Floor of the Domestic Terminal Building at New Chitose Airport. There is a Work Experience Corner where visitors can try on a pilot’s or flight attendant’s uniform, flight simulators, etc., and also a Kids’ Corner for children. The SKY MUSEUM also has an observation deck where visitors can get a close-up view of planes landing and taking off, which is well worth a look. A wide range of unique airport-themed goods and local specialties are available for sale. The SKY MUSEUM is a place that both adults and children will enjoy!

    small n mainly for plane enthusiasts.. good number of plane models displayed. next to the food court area.good for kids to entertain themselves there while waiting for food.

  • Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum
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    26 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen 142-130
    The 34th G8 Summit was held at Lake Toya (Toyako) in 2008; one of the main issues discussed at the Summit was measures to address the impact of global warming. The displays at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit Memorial Museum include life-sized panels depicting the national leaders who attended the Summit, the tables and chairs used in the Summit meetings, etc. Entrance is free.

    The Hokkaido Toyako Summit Museum is right next to the JR station and remembers the summit meeting that took place here its free and on our way to the Volcanoes museum

  • Hakodate Takadaya Kahei Museum
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    23 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 13-22
    This is the museum of Takataya Kahei, a wealthy merchant from Awaji Island. Kahei who was originally a farmer, rapidly made his mark as a seaman with the help of his uncle. Kahei was pioneering in the foundation of Hakodate, developing the sea route between Kunashir Island and Iturup Island and was also attributed to be “The person who contributed to the development of Hakodate”. The museum exhibits a collection of about 500 items related to lifetime of Kahei, and focuses on items related to the ships on the Hakodate (the present Hakodate) to Osaka (the present Osaka) sea route.

    Kahei Takataya was a merchant that contributed to the development of Hakodate in the late 18th century to early 19th century. Originally from Awajishima now part of Hyogo Prefecture, his trading...

  • "Sapporo Ainu Cultural Promotion Center ""Sapporo Pirka Kotan"""
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    37 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Koganeyu 27
    A center dedicated to indigenous Ainu culture. The concrete exterior walls of the facility are decorated with Ainu patterns. The facility was built so that local residents could learn about Ainu culture and history as well as to pass on and deepen understanding of Ainu culture. Some 300 pieces of traditional Ainu clothing, ritual tools, and items used in daily life are displayed inside the museum. There's also an information corner where you can peruse videos and books. Outside, there are recreations of a traditional Ainu home, grain cellar, and pen used to keep bear cubs.

    It took us 45 mins going and 1 hr 15 min coming back. It took us 20 walking to the museum Sr. Legs. Was it worth it iffy. Had some things and gifts only a teddy bear no carved Bears or head set. To...

  • Nemuro City Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary
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    43 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Nemuroshi Toubai 103
    This facility was opened in April 1995 to serve as a base for protecting and observing the natural beauty of Shunkunitai. Shunkunitai is a 596 hectare shoal located in Nemuro City, Hokkaido. Included in the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands list, the shoal is a breeding ground for rare birds such as white-tailed eagles and Japanese cranes; it has also been designated an Important Wild Bird Habitat. The center has a photo exhibit presenting the animals that live in Nemuro and a bird watching room for observing overwintering Stellar's sea eagles and other birds living in the area. The center also provides two hour walking tours during which you can see a variety of wild creatures.

    We didnt expect to see cranes here but were surprised to see a pair. There were also many swans. A very lovely place.

  • Fukushima Town Seikan Tunnel Museum
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    Hokkaido Matsumaegunfukushimachou Mitake 32-1
    A museum presenting equipment used to dig the Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, as well as the experiences of the people involved. Inside the exhibition tunnel, you can see Japan's first tunnel boring machine and get a taste of what construction was like under the tunnel's harsh conditions. The tunnel theater shows videos of the tunnel under construction, while on the tunnel tour you can see recreations of construction work and walk a tunnel heading down 140 meters below the ocean surface.
  • Hakodate Municipal Museum and Local Archive (former building of the Kanemori Western goods shop)
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    20 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 19-15
    A museum which presents the era when Western fashions and tastes swept the Hakodate area in the Meiji period. Located a one minute walk from Suehirocho Station on the Hakodate City Tram, the museum operates out of a fireproof brick former Western goods shop mixing Japanese and Western architectural styles built in 1880. The building itself is a rare example of structures from that time which survived a great fire in 1907 and has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the government of Hokkaido. Inside, you'll find restorations of the shop's own Meiji period shop floor and reception area, dioramas presenting what the town once looked like; and a rare Swiss music box with mechanical dancing dolls said to be one of only a few examples extant in the world.

    We visited the Local History Museum on the opposite side of the Hoppou Minzoku Shiryoukan (Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples) . The museum is housed in a building built in 1880 and refurbished in...

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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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