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Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village

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Address: 2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-gun, Shiraoi-cho 059-0902, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 144-82-3914
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Ainu is a folk people who have lived in Hokkaido, Japan. We can have an introduction to Hokkaido and Ainu thanks to the museum including history, village and houses, clothing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Sukang L
Seoul, South Korea
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English first
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was nothing much to see except for a bit of scenery. Hokkaido Dogs were so lovely and quite docile. Most probably due to the cold weather. Short 15 min performance on how the Ainu Villagers would have danced/ taken care of babies / played music, etc.. Overall, could leave this location out of your itinerary or as an option..

Thank Angel H
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As previous reviewers have noted, bears and dogs kept in abhorrent conditions. We visited as part of an escorted tour and were horrified to think that we had paid money to support such a venture. Go elsewhere for the culture lesson. Bears were visibly distressed pacing around small cages. Heartbreaking.

Thank Bethany K
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

it was great and the tour guide was very much helpful in showing us the places and making us comfortable

Thank adventerous_83
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Stopover is ok if you driving from/to noboribetsu and chitose. Catch the short dance show. And see some bears and Hokkaido dogs. The house names were really funny though. Lunch at the cafe inside was moderate. Wouldn't go there again but no regrets seeing it once

Thank KC W
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206 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

this is actually a difficult one to review- on the one hand a must in respect of the Ainu people, seeing their performance and them preserve their culture is important. On the other hand its too small, doesn't show a lot. English signage is good though.

Thank Mish_H50
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is not a place I would have chosen to support with my entry fee if I had seen it in advance. There are 5 bears kept in the tiniest of cages as well as 5 dogs also kept in bad conditions. Neither of these are in keeping with the spirit of Ainu culture that you see elsewhere in Hokkaido... More 

1 Thank Jeninjapan
Seoul, South Korea
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Ainu is a folk people who have lived in Hokkaido, Japan. We can have an introduction to Hokkaido and Ainu thanks to the museum including history, village and houses, clothing, tools, food as well as traditional performance.

Thank Sukang L
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29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a good location to learn about Ainu Culture. The performance was interesting. However, the bears and dogs are kept in such poor conditions. Furthermore, 800 yen for such a small place to visit seems a bit expensive.

Thank Sasori Y
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457 reviews
189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I have to agree with most of the previous reviews about the poor conditions the animals are put in here. The Hokkaido dogs and bears are locked up in small cages that are suffocating. Seeing them basically negated the good cultural experience provided by the museum (that had good amount of information in English & Korean) and the short dance... More 

1 Thank thelonious22
Bangkok, Thailand
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174 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 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 

1 Thank Pakwan_C

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