What is Paard Musée?



「Paard M usée(パド・ミュゼ)」では、このように様々な歴史を持つ過去の開拓から学び、馬をテーマに「人が自然と動物と協働する新しい未来」を世界に提案、「21世紀の開拓」を進めていきます。

An agricultural experimental station known as Nanae Kan-en (opened in 1870 and closed in 1894) in Nanae Town played a significant role in providing useful information for the promotion of agricultural modernization in Hokkaido. The history of development in Hokkaido’s pioneering era is synonymous with the development of modern agriculture.
In this context, Nanae Town was arguably the root of Hokkaido’s growth as we know it today.

A thatched house and horses plowing a field in Nanae Kan-en (photos courtesy of Hakodate City Central Library)


Paard Musée provides opportunities to experience woodland, farming and ranch lifestyles. Visitors to the ranch part observe how animals actually live in their natural habitats, including Dosanko (a Japanese breed of horse that helped to pioneer Hokkaido’s development and agricultural modernization), and experience local culture.

In addition to horse-riding lessons, the museum also runs programs focusing on other forms of interaction with horses (such as experience of living with horses, horse therapy, horse logging and horseback riding for health) that even beginners can appreciate.

Come and enjoy a precious experience with horses in the place where Hokkaido’s development began in the days of Nanae Kan-en.