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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
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Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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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.

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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.

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Seongnam
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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 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Address: 2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-gun, Shiraoi-cho 059-0902, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 144-82-3914
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Hokkaido  >  Shiraoi-gun  >  Shiraoi-cho

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