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For anyone with an interest in the Ainu culture of Northern Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula you would be sorely disappointed as we were to discover the interim closure of the Poroto Koton Ainu Museum in Shiraoi, not scheduled to reopen until 2020.
Download a QR code scanner on your phone before you go (or, it takes about ten seconds if you do it on the spot like I did when I saw the sign on the front desk). There is free wifi so that you can scan...More
The best museum of Ainu culture in all of Hokkaido, the Nibutani Ainu Museum provides not only beautiful exhibits in a modern building but also a multi-media experience introducing many aspects of the native population of northern Japan. Nibutani is a bit off the beaten...More
I have been to many (all?) Ainu museums, small and large, and Kotan (villages). This by far was the one that impressed me the most and I felt like I learned a lot about the culture- and especially the crafts. the people were friendly. Little...More
This is probably the best exhibition of Ainu culture in Hokkaido. They are well organized and displayed beautifully. There is a curator who speaks English. The museum is located by Saru River which is another view. Nearby, there is a house of Prof. Munro who...More
I went to Biratori-cho three times, and each time I made sure I visit this museum. The Ainu artifacts that are related to their way of life (hunting, fishing, agriculture, cuisine, art, religion, marriage and family, etc.) are plentiful, and they are very well-organized. They...More
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There seems to be some tours organized by Northern Cross Company, a tourist office in Biratori-cho where Ainu museums are located. They organize some activities involving Ainu culture but I am not sure if they have shuttle... More
There seems to be some tours organized by Northern Cross Company, a tourist office in Biratori-cho where Ainu museums are located. They organize some activities involving Ainu culture but I am not sure if they have shuttle bus running from Sapporo.