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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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Good Ainu cultural experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
DrLFoodie
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Naples, Florida
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Seongnam
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288 reviews 288 reviews
88 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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39 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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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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4 attraction reviews
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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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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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