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to understand the History of Hokkaido

This place is interesting because it is an open museum and village presenting the Ainu people and... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2018
Sendai, Japan
Historical Village

There was a museum to teach you about the history and then we were treated to an Ainu dance. You... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2017
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2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun 059-0902, Hokkaido
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

I was really excited to visit the museum but it was close because of the olympics in 2020. There was no info on the english website of the museum so we went away after driving quite far. I hope they open soon.

Date of experience: April 2018
8  Thank helgamog
Reviewed April 12, 2018

This place is interesting because it is an open museum and village presenting the Ainu people and their culture and traditions.it seems that there was a large gap between the Ainu and the Japanese lifestyle in the ancient times. In addition, there were also performances...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank addou88
Reviewed April 1, 2018

A simple village with about 10 buildings representing the indigenous Ainu population and culture before the Japanese settled in the 19th century after the Meiji Restoration. Due to the harsh environment, the Ainu apparently had limited exports for trade, dried salmon and fur, but maintained...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Glenn808
Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Shiraoi Ainu Museum (Porotokotan), Hokkaido prefecture The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館, Ainu Minzoku Hakubutsukan) is one of the country's best museums about the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan. The open air museum, which is also commonly known as Porotokotan (meaning large lakeside village...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank shash122
Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

The Ainu are said to be the second oldest group of settlers in Japan. Whether for tourist revenue or not, visit the village which preserves and showcases the Ainu culture. There is a show at one of the huts further down that provides an enlightening...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

There was a museum to teach you about the history and then we were treated to an Ainu dance. You can see how the Ainu’s lived before. It’s a good cultural experience. There were also shops inside where you can buy items related to the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Miles527
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

The performance is cool & entertaining. The view of this place is fabulous..!!! Must visit... great for pictures..!!!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank letitout
Reviewed June 16, 2017

The Ainu village is certainly worth a visit., although it is not a true "living" village, but rather a indoor/outdoor museum. Most days there are several shows of song and dance, instrumental music and story telling ( with English translations, which sometimes are not easy...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank 820gyuri
Reviewed May 27, 2017

We took the train from Muroran and then had about a 15 minute walk from the Shiraoi JR station - take the green walkway over the tracks just to the left of the station instead of following the map given out at the JR station...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank bobe2
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Stayed a night at Shiraoi and visited Ainu Museum and Village. Nice place, worth a visit. The show is good, comprising of 5 performances but the emcee only speaks in Japanese so my kids were a little bored, and could not appreciate. Tranquil place and...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Glittering_Angel
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August 11, 2017|
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Response from Glittering_Angel | Reviewed this property |
Nothing much to buy and those souvenirs are very pricey. Should just go Noboribetsu or back to Sapporo for souvenirs!