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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
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Phone Number: +81 144-82-3914

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I came here on a cruise ship visit from Muroran and decided to take the train up to Shiraoi to visit this museum. To get to the museum it is less than 10 minutes walk from the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Yulara, Australia
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Yulara, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here on a cruise ship visit from Muroran and decided to take the train up to Shiraoi to visit this museum. To get to the museum it is less than 10 minutes walk from the train station. Just walk out of the main entrance and turn left and walk across the rail road overpass and once over turn... More 

Thank Brisbane41
pichit province thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

I have a trip to Ainu museum, historic of local people of Ainu. It a small village and Large monument of Ainu historic people. I think this place must improve more better. There have not shown good performance and less Ainu instruments.

Thank sombat069
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I had a fantastic time here. I got to speak to various different employees and volunteers and ask questions (in Japanese, so I can't comment on English fluency), there were performances on traditional instruments, and the museum covers different material than the small Ainu museum at the botanical garden in Sapporo, so that was interesting. There was even a tiny... More 

Thank Alys L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Unaware of what was waiting for us, we decided to go to this Ainu village/museum. Too bad we went here. It could have been so much better done, with more info about the history of the Ainu of Hokkaido for example, a lost opportunity. As already mentioned a few times by "Western" people, it is appaling to see the bears... More 

Thank J M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

The museum is great but ruined by the horrid conditions the animals are kept in. Animal cruelty is not ainu culture and the museum does not need to keep these animals to be a tourist attraction. The dogs are kept in unstimulating cages with minimal protection from the elements. One dog had wounds on its legs from trying to get... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Interesting to know more about Ainu people. The museum is very rich in information and it is very organized. The dance attraction is simple and beautiful. When we visited all explanations were only in Japanese. There are dogs and bears that are kept in small cages. It is easy to arrive. You can go walking. The station is small but... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

45 minutes’ drive from central Sapporo, a lightweight but accessible look at Ainu culture. A reconstructed village with statues, carvings and traditional buildings, a few locals in traditional dress, some of them performing traditional activities like weaving or playing instruments. At specific times there is a singing and dancing performance in one of the huts, entirely in Japanese. The museum... More 

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Honolulu, HI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

We went to the Ainu Museum recently which was interesting, however there are not too many direct trains to and from Shiraoi to Sapporo. There is a 9:18 in the morning. If you miss this it will take you longer than one hour to get there because you may have to change trains at other towns. The next time is... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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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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Sendai, Japan
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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.

Thank Andrew W

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