Hokkaido Kaitaku no Mura is a golden opportunity to explore Japanese history and earn some otaku cred.
During her recent travels through Hokkaido Prefecture, our Japanese-language reporter Saya Togashi visited the location of the worst bear attack in Japanese history. Her trip wasn’t all in regards to the struggle between humanity and wild animals, though, as she also stopped by Hokkaido Kaitaku no Mura, or “Hokkaido Pioneering Village,” in Sapporo.
The open-air museum features greater than 50 historical buildings, relocated to or reconstructed at the location, and guests can go inside and explore just about all of them. Along with history buffs, Kaitaku no Mura has recently been seeing increased interest from anime and manga fans, as several of the buildings were used as models for location in historical adventure series Golden Kamuy.
As a giant fan of the series, Saya hoped to see all the things Kaitaku no Mura has to supply. Nonetheless, it seems it’s a really big place, so in the event you end up running short on time whilst you’re there, listed here are her top five recommendations.
5. Kondo Clinic
Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost prefecture, and this clinic was in-built 1900 when doctor Seikichi Kondo moved from the port city of Hakodate to the smaller town of Furubira.
The primary floor of the wood structure comprises examination, operating, and waiting rooms, while the second floor was the doctor’s living space.
The inside has been amazingly well preserved, as if time simply stopped, freezing all the things within the condition it was a century ago. It’s also an actual match to the clinic where Golden Kamuy’s Kano Ienaga receives treatments for her injuries.
4. Yamamoto Barber Shop
Originally situated along a walking path that led to a Shinto shrine, this barber shop went through multiple owners after one Mr. Yamamoto founded it.
“Yamamoto” will immediately ring a bell to Golden Kamuy fans, since there’s a barber shop with the very same name within the series.
▼ It looks peaceful here, but this was the location of a fierce fight between Tamotsu and Umakichi.
3. Urakawa Government Constructing
This constructing was originally constructed in 1919, because the Japanese government arrange facilities to manage the developing network of latest communities being established in Hokkaido. Though a few of Kaitaku no Mura’s buildings only permit you to access the primary floor, you possibly can head upstairs here.
To Golden Kamuy fans, though, the constructing can be mor recognizable because the model for the Sapporo World Hotel, setting of the “Murder Hotel” arc of the series.
2. Hirosue Photo Studio
This can be a reconstruction of a photograph studio that was in operation in Iwamizawa from the Taisho era (which resulted in 1926) as much as 1958. Like many constructing designed in that period, architecturally it’s a mixture of Western and Japanese elements.
The primary floor seems to have been a living space, with the second floor’s slanted roof and ample sunlight being the photo space, as seen in Golden Kamuy when various the solid members get their picture taken thre.
1. Fukushi Family Residence
Narutoyo Fukushi was a shipbuilder, interpreter, meteorologist, and surveyor, and this was his family’s home from the center of the Meiji period (1868-1912) until 1922. Inside Golden Kamuy, though, it’s the hideout utilized by Toshizo Hijikata and his allies.
That concludes Saya’s top five, but again, she recommends seeing as much as you’ve gotten time for at Kaitaku no Mura, with a number of the other highlights of her visit being the soba shop (which still serves noodles in the event you’re hungry)…
…and the ryokan inn.
But slightly than attempt to cram in greater than you possibly can comfortably see, it’s best to spend as much time as you want in each constructing, because you’ve got a long time and a long time of history to absorb.
Hokkaido Kaitaku no Mura / 北海道開拓の村
Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo-shi, Atsubetsu-ku, Atsubetsu-cho, Konopporo 50-1
Addmission 800 yen (adults), 600 yen (highschool/university students), free for junior-high and younger children
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (May-September), 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (October-April)