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Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido 059-0902, Japan
+81 144-82-3914
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The museum and shows were a great display of Ainu culture. I love learning about indigenous cultures, and there's a fine line between respectful and exploitative. This place did a good job at sharing the Ainu culture without making it feel like a human zoo. The only downfall was the way they kept their animals. The museum talks about how... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I share the sentiment of many reviewers when it comes to this attraction: Yes, it is a good place to learn about Ainu culture. But to have caged animals on display - especially in such bad condition - is a BIG NO NO!!! For anybody who finds it upsetting, saddening or just plain wrong for the museum to cage the... More 

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Honolulu
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73 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Go early for the shows; it can get very crowded; narration only in Japanese so it’ll help to read guide books in advance. A great place EXCEPT, I agree with earlier reviewers – I didn’t enjoy the caged bears and dogs.

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Perth
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

As much as i like the cultural experience it was all over shadowed by the cruel and poor conditions in which the bears are kept. For me it is in-acceptable to keep animals under such conditions, the only word I have is horrendous and its so overwhelming that I can hardly remember the rest of the place. It is so... More 

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Hong Kong
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It's a short train ride from Noboribetsu, a 10 minute walk from Shiraoi station. The station staff was very helpful and gave me clear directions and a discount voucher to the museum. The museum is located right next to a lake and it was almost entirely frozen, making a great photo opportunity. You will see many Ainu houses, each has... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I made a day trip to the museum/village from Sapporo, while also visiting Noboribetsu. I agree with other reviews on this site. The museum sections was interesting, as was the replica of an ainu village, however, nothing i saw there could make up for the sadness i experienced seeing 4 wild brown bears in some of the worst conditions i... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The area is a bit small compared to the one in Sapporo. Not much to see here. There are few bears and and wolf/dog. There are some schedule show but in japanese.

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San Diego, California
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21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Upon entering the Ainu Village, you can see black bears kept in unspeakable conditions in cages barely big enough to turn around in. I was extremely disappointed and heartsick to see wild animals kept this way. Even if this was once the custom of the Ainu peoples, they were only kept in cages temporarily until being killed for food or... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

My friend and I stopped at Shiraoi Ainu Museum for a couple hours. It's a small replica village of a culture that had almost been forgotten. The museum is a great introduction into the life of the Ainu people. The indoor dance show is a must see! I really thought the dried fish hanging up in the huts were really... More 

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Bangkok
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19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It shows the origin of Hokkaido tribesmen way of living. Interesting that they could live peacefully with Samurai from Tokyo. Great shows that the performer could speak many languages. Delicious soft ice cream too!

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