The natural beauty of Hokkaido, with its wide-open wilderness, lush forests, and many mountains and lakes, is a wonder to explore. Activity tours help you get the most out of Hokkaido’s trail network. Here are your options.
Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura)
53-1 Nakanoboribetsucho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, 059-0463
Costumed characters such as ninjas, samurais, and geishas can be found among the Edo-period village streets, while kid-friendly attractions include the Ninja Maze, Goblin Cat Temple, and House of Monsters. Exhibits reveal how to make a samurai sword and detail the way of the ninja, and regular live shows combine comedy with action sequences; check the show schedule when you arrive at the park.
Noboribetsu Date Historic Village can get busy, especially during Japanese school holidays, so book your tickets ahead of time to skip the lines; optional upgrades include costume hire and a photoshoot. Opt for a private tour from Sapporo for hassle-free, round-trip transfers and to stop off at nearby attractions such as Lake Toya or Noboribetsu Onsen.
Things to Know Before You Go
Noboribetsu Date Historic Village is ideal for families with kids, and those interested in Japanese history and culture.
Some attractions, such as the sideshows, charge an additional fee.
The ninja show is in Japanese but an English information sheet is available.
There are several restaurants and shops on-site.
The theme park is largely wheelchair and stroller accessible, but not all activities are.
How to Get There
The theme park is located near Noboribetsu, south of Sapporo. Both trains and buses connect Sapporo to Noboribetsu. From JR Noboribetsu Station, you can take a shuttle bus or taxi to the theme park. Paid parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
The theme park is open year-round, with a few maintenance closures in the winter. Last entry is one hour prior to closing. Shows are staggered throughout the day, so it’s possible to see them all with some planning.
Close to the theme park, Noboribetsu Onsen is the most famous hot spring resort town on Hokkaido island. There are numerous hot spring resorts, which offer more than 10 different kinds of thermal waters that are said to have healing properties. Some resorts allow non-guests entry to their hot springs for a fee. There’s also a public bathhouse in town.
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