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Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

Address: 2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-gun, Shiraoi-cho 059-0902, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 144-82-3914
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks

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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Bangkok, Thailand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
22 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This village is small seems like it's built for the tourists to learn about the Ainu culture. There are about 5 house there and has the Ainu performance (I'm not sure that 10 a.m. or not). This place near the lake, I went there in winter so the lake is frozen. The Ainu Speaker is very clever and funny. He... More 

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Naples, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Our tour stop here was very good. Only significant problem is that during the presentation, the horrendous amount of translation in multiple languages is a detractor. I wish Japanese guides would use state of the art equipment for translation such as head sets (like they use in Europe) Our guide was across room and we could not hear her. We... More 

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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
62 helpful votes 62 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
79 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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