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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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Visit to Ainu Museum

Visited the Ainu Museum and Folk Village. Interesting to see how they lived and worked. Was impressed by the "dried salmon wall" which they hang up the salmon for drying. Saw a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

It was an average visit - to see and learn the culture and origins of Ainu, just in time to catch up with their traditional Ainu folk dance and introduction performance. They have a few bears and ainu dogs around too. An educational and good to know visit.

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1 Thank cattyrawrs
Sendai, Japan
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

A bit quiet , ate a veg burger , ok , got a Ainu Book hibiki Jibiki illustration basic Ainu language , needed cross references. Lesson was in Japanese , vocabulary and a little grammar beginner and intermediate , nobody uses it , pity . I just wanted to learn communication.

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Thank Andrew W
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Visited the Ainu Museum and Folk Village. Interesting to see how they lived and worked. Was impressed by the "dried salmon wall" which they hang up the salmon for drying. Saw a lot of their local artifacts in the museum such as the implements used for hunting, farming and making clothing.

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Thank calvinheng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We paid 300 yen for entrance fee and was just in time for the Traditional Ainu folk dance. A walkabout at the village was good especially with the nearby beautiful lake. There was a few white fur Hokkaido dogs and we also enjoyed the time feeding the bears with the 100 yen bear food.

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1 Thank DorothyCheong
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

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..

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Thank Angel H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

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.

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3 Thank Bethany K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank KC W
Japan
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207 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 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.

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Thank Mish_H50
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

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 

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2 Thank Jeninjapan
Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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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