The Attraction of Northern Hokkaido



Separated by the ocean strait,
since long ago,
the Ainu people,
lived at one with nature.
In the Meiji period (1868-1912),
many people moved here.
The great land to the north,
has its own unique history.
You can feel a piece of that history,
as you travel to northern Hokkaido.

Hokkaido Museum

Have fun learning about the culture, history and nature of Hok-kaido.

Hokkaido Museum introduces much of Hokkaido's nature, history and culture. The exhibi-tions are split into five different themes to give an overview of Hokkaido based on the con-cepts "Hokkaido: a part of Northeast Asia" and "The connection between humans and na-ture". All the themes are connected by corridors for easy viewing, and the models, dioramas and video displays are suitable for all ages and nationalities. Each exhibition has a multi-lingual guide board and voice-over guides in six different languages are available.

Former Hanada Family Fisherman's Cottage

Slip back to time which prospered from pacific herring.

From the Meiji period to the Showa period (about 1868-1950), the coasts of the Sea of Ja-pan around Hokkaido prospered from pacific herring. The "Herring Fisherman's Cottage", a fishing industry facility and residence of the head of the fisherman's union built by fisher-men of the time, still remains. However, only the Former Hanada Family Fisherman’s Cot-tage in Obira Town was designated as an important cultural asset. The Former Hanada Family Fisherman’s Cottage is the largest of the private residences in Hokkaido, and at one time employed over 200 people who worked there. If you visit the Former Hanada Family Fisherman’s Cottage, you will be able to really feel how much it had prospered, and at the same time you will be able to feel the emptiness left behind from the loss of prosperity.

Tsukigata Kabato Museum

Learn the history of prisoners who helped to develop Hokkaido

After the Meiji government was established (1868), the Kabato Prison was set up in 1881 to house serious criminals and political prisoners apprehended in the civil war. The prison-ers who were housed there laid down main roads and cultivated land in the harsh Hok-kaido environment. If you visit the Museum, you will find a wealth of displays showing the facilities inside the prison of the time and the lives of the prisoners who built the founda-tions of Hokkaido through hard labor. You can learn the other side of the pioneering history of Hokkaido buried deep within.

Mikasa City Museum

Come and touch real and precious fossils.

Mikasa City Museum is called the \"Museum of Fossils\", and has around 1,000 different types of fossils on display, primarily ammonite, discovered in Hokkaido. Among the collec-tion is the prized \"Ezo Mikasa Ryu (Taniwhasaurus) Fossil\" which was designated a Nat-ural National Treasure in 1977. There are also many fossils on display which you can ac-tually touch. Why not make a visit to touch real ammonite and feel something from an an-cient time? Photography is permitted, provided tripods or selfie-sticks are not used.

Okhotsk Museum Esashi

Learn about the history and nature of Okhotsk.

A local museum where you can learn about the nature and history of Okhotsk from long ago. Here you can find examples of the various creatures from the Esashi region, such as the Desmostylus; a now-extinct mammal which was excavated in the Utanobori area. It is also home to the largest full skeletal specimen of an orca in Japan at over 7 meters. Here you can learn about how \"Okhotsk Culture\" prospered from the 3rd to 13th centuries through 204 important national cultural assets. A navigational system has been intro-duced to the museum with guides in 5 different languages available on tablets.