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Ainu Cultural Museum

For anyone with an interest in the Ainu culture of Northern Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula you... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2019
Novato, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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55, Nibutani, Biratori-cho, Saru-gun 055-0101, Hokkaido
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

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. But notwithstanding...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank tamura3d
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ehbcake
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum is a very good and modern museum. Helpful staff, English speaking. Some documentaries can be watched with English subtitles too.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank paolocalvino
Reviewed August 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Frank C
Reviewed August 9, 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Mish_H50
Reviewed August 31, 2016

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

Date of experience: August 2016
4  Thank Noriko717
Reviewed July 1, 2016

We spent more than 2 hours and learned a lot about the Ainu history. Located in Biratori which is one of the most known Ainu place in the past.

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank noripico22
Reviewed March 9, 2015

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

Date of experience: June 2014
5  Thank Kinko_12
Reviewed January 31, 2010

Chocked full of artifacts and culture, yet beautifully displayed and organized. Takes a bit to get to if going independently. Rail, then bus or taxi. Go early if you're going by this option.

6  Thank omonoyama
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Jeff A
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Response from Noriko717 | Reviewed this property |
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
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