Historical Village of Hokkaido Horse Drawn Trolley from Sapporo Station Entrance to Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station
The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum arranged like a small town of relocated and restored buildings that represent the history of Hokkaido from 1868 to the 1920s. As I had just 1 full day left in Sapporo to visit my intended attractions, I had to make my trip to Historical Village of Hokkaido quick, and only went to my targeted places of interests inside the museum, one of which was the Horse Drawn Trolley.
Historical Village of Hokkaido
I got to Historical Village of Hokkaido by JR Hokkaido Bus 新22 from Shin-Sapporo Station.
The façade of the Historical Village of Hokkaido welcome building is of the old Sapporo Station.
I had bought a Sapporo Select (さっぽろセレクト) Course A Ticket on the first day of my visit to Sapporo when I went to the Sapporo TV Tower. The Sapporo Select Course A Ticket gets me a ride on the Sapporo Mt. Moiwa Ropeway and 2 out of 6 locations available in Course B which includes Okurayama Viewing Lounge Lift, Sapporo TV Tower Observation Deck, Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, Historical Village of Hokkaido, Sapporo Olympic Museum, and Hokkaido Museum.
Heading in to Historical Village of Hokkaido.
I presented my Sapporo Select Course A Ticket to the Historical Village of Hokkaido ticket counter to gain entry into Historical Village of Hokkaido.
If you are buying a regular ticket, this will cost 800 yen for adults.
Heading into Historical Village of Hokkaido on the other side of the Sapporo Station welcome building.
Many relocated or reconstructed or recreated old buildings make up the Historical Village of Hokkaido. I wanted to visit probably just 1 or 2, because my main attraction here isn’t buildings.
Historical Village of Hokkaido Horse Drawn Trolley
I’m here for the Horse Drawn Trolley which is still properly operated by a horse.
The Horse Drawn Trolley arrived at Sapporo Station Entrance just as I entered the museum.
The end of the line is marked with scotch blocks just before the Sapporo Station welcome building.
Following the arrival of the tram, the jockey decouples the horse for refuelling by food and water.
The timetable of the Horse Drawn Trolley from Sapporo Station welcome building.
In between trips, the horse gets food and water at the stable.
Sapporo Station Entrance Horse Drawn Trolley Stand
The Horse Drawn Trolley car waiting for service at the start of the line.
The interior of the Horse Drawn Trolley car seating 10 passengers.
The 2-station line has a long loop in the middle of the line, potentially operating with 2 trolleys at once.
About 10 minutes to departure, the conductor starts to sell tickets for the Horse Drawn Trolley.
A single ride on the Horse Drawn Trolley costs 250 yen. This is in addition to the Historical Village of Hokkaido entry fee.
The trolley car is manufactured by Nippon Sharyo.
The space inside the trolley car is just nice for 10 persons.
The conductor will stand outside the passenger area on the vestibule.
There is obviously no air-conditioning on board since horse-drawn trams predate air-conditioners. Windows can be pulled down to open.
The wheel hub encroaches into the passenger floor space. There is no bogie on this small trolley.
A few minutes before departure time, the jockey brings the horse back to the trolley car.
Coupling the horse to the trolley car.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido Horse Drawn Trolley in front of Sapporo Station Entrance.
It was a fully-seated 10 passenger ride on board the Horse Drawn Trolley with just enough space for everyone.
Heading through Historical Village of Hokkaido
Not all buildings are along the main street, there are other roads leading to more parts of Historical Village of Hokkaido.
Turning right at the edge of the main street.
Continuing straight after the right curve.
Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station Horse Drawn Trolley Stand
The journey from Sapporo Station Entrance to Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station took 7 minutes.
Decoupled the horse from the trolley.
The horse runs around the trolley to head to the other end for the return trip.
Coupling the horse to the other end of the trolley.
The Horse Drawn Trolley departs from Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station 10 minutes after the departure time from Sapporo Station Entrance, so it was an immediate departure for the Horse Drawn Trolley after coupling the horse to the trolley.
I started my short walk around Historical Village of Hokkaido after alighting at Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station.
The Horse Drawn Trolley stand at Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station.
Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station is a horse stable which was used to transport passengers and freight in Hokkaido, and is where horses working on the Horse Drawn Trolley live.
Wait a minute, is this where the term “stabling” comes from?
Heading into Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station.
The layout of Sokeshuomabetsu Relay Station.
Model horses are on display at the stables.
After the barrier, however, real horses can be heard, but not seen. This is probably where the locomotive lives in.
After the end of the passenger line, the track continues on to the depot.
No admittance is allowed past the fence.
This depot most likely just houses the trolley cars, since there’s no signs of horses around.
Nearby, there is also an old locomotive shed of a logging railway, but this is not connected to the trolley line.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido Horse Drawn Trolley is an active horsecar in regular scheduled service. Even with world-leading modern railway technology in Japan, Historical Village of Hokkaido still preserves the origin of railways in Hokkaido. If you’re in Sapporo wanting to take special trains, the Historical Village of Hokkaido Horse Drawn Trolley is one of them.