The Hokkaido Museum 北海道博物館

History, culture and nature


To evoke Hokkaido, we usually talk about the grandiose natural landscapes, the extreme temperatures in winter or even the beautiful ski resorts. But the island of Hokkaido is not just about that. It has a unique culture inherited from the most ancient times; fruit of a particular interaction between man and nature with astonishing richness. Visit the Hokkaido Museum in Sapporo, the best ambassador of this unique culture.


An ancient culture

The Hokkaido Museum first exhibits the skeletons of mammals living here 1.2 million years ago : a mammoth that came to Hokkaido from the north and a Naumann's elephant that came from the south from Honshu. Hokkaido has always been a crossroads linking the other Japanese islands to neighboring territories (Sakhalin Island, Kuril Islands); a land rooted in Northeast Asia. You have to go under the skeleton of the mammoth to appreciate all its splendor; a spectacle rare enough to be underlined! Several tactile devices also allow you to touch fossils and mammoth tusks.


Naumann's mammoth and elephant skeletons greet you at the start of the tour

Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    Take bus 22 towards Hokkaido Historic Village from bus stop No. 10 at Sapporo Station. 15 min ride.
  • Price

    600 yen (4€50)
  • Access

    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May to September), 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (October to April). Closed on Mondays.
  • Website

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