Lake Akan Ainu Kotan

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Lake Akan Ainu Kotan
3.5
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3.5
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Matan Katz
Jerusalem, Israel197 contributions
really nice but very touristy
Aug 2019
Not a very authentic experience - but the only one available to appreciate Ainu culture, which in today;s Japan has become a commodity to attract tourists. Some nice hand crafts are sold in the area, and the dance performance is also highly recommended.
Written January 24, 2020
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Nasuella
Tel Aviv, Israel329 contributions
Wooden handicraft shopping
Oct 2019 • Couples
A village is actually few wooden handicraft shopping streets with various designs and (mostly) reasonable prices. We've shopped there for couple of hours and had a good time.
Written December 5, 2019
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nancy
Long Beach, CA6 contributions
Hands on activity
Oct 2019
After the Ainu dance performance, we took a embroidery class and made a cloth coaster, it was fun to learn the traditional style of stitches that have been passed down through generations in the Ainu culture.
Written October 28, 2019
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Oren M
Haifa, Israel214 contributions
Tourist trap
Oct 2019 • Family
This is the definishion of tourist trap. Mostly shops and some reconstractions. Better avoid but if you don't, half an hour is more then anough...
Written October 4, 2019
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Stephen H
Doncaster, UK400 contributions
Interesting but mainly shops
Sep 2019 • Couples
The retail outlets mainly specialise in woodwork and leather goods and are of variable quality. There is a small museum and shows of traditional culture. The street is scenic and photo friendly.
It’s worth a visit and supporting traditional culture is important but be aware they are retail enterprises.
Written September 18, 2019
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Sigrid L
Brussels, Belgium238 contributions
Worth a visit but mainly souvenir shops, the performances (Kamuy Lumina and Lost Kamuy) are worth it though
Sep 2019 • Solo
As there is only one bus a day from Akanko to Mashu (leaves Akanko at 9.20 and arrives at Mashu railway station at 10.10) I decided to stay 2 nights. I took the obligatory ferry/cruise to see the Marimo on the little island, visited the Ainu kotan (incl. lunch in the cosy café Poronno) and walked the nature trail along some ‘bokke’ (mud volcanos) and viewpoints.
In the evening I attended 2 performances about Ainu culture: Kamuy Lumina, kind of a digital version of a torchlit walk through which an Ainu story is explained (in Japanese only although there is an English leaflet) and afterwards ‘lost Kamuy’ with Ainu dances in the Ainu kotan theatre - combined ticket for 3800.
Written September 7, 2019
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WongManKong
Hong Kong, China179 contributions
Knowing more about Hokkaido history
Jul 2019 • Friends
Lake Akan is famous in it's calm and beautiful water and the hot spring hotels by the lake side. It is a quiet small town where you can find out more about the Ainu people's history from the Ainu Village and the tourist information center.

The Ainu people is the native which has been lived in Hokkaido from ancient time and from the Ainu Village, you will find beautiful handcrafted items which represent the natives daily life and are worth buying as a souvenir.

Walking back from the village along the lake side to the hotel is also a wonderful thing to do during sunset.
Written July 15, 2019
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Magdalene
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia293 contributions
Nice small town
Jan 2019 • Family
Nice small town with beautiful Lake Akan. There is some mud volcano near the lake. Ainu Kotan is located by Lake Akan. Ainu Kotan means a village where Ainu, the native tribe of Hokkaido, live. There are many crafts shops around the area.
Written May 30, 2019
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Lilian Fujiwara
Chiba Prefecture, Japan949 contributions
Ainu village
Apr 2019 • Couples
Ainu village, quaint little place where the Ainu tribe people sell, teach and show their culture, handicrafts and food.
Written April 30, 2019
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jemychua
113 contributions
A Hidden Gem in Hokkaido
Apr 2019 • Friends
This place definitely lacks marketing for how quaint & beautiful it is! They have a beautiful lake with Mt. Oakan as the background & not to mention, they also have cute & cultural shops (wood selling, accessories,etc.) around the area as well. What I definitely LOVE about it is that they love to share what the Ainus are; their history, traddtions, cultures, etc. Amazingly, they are similar to the first nation found in Alaska/ Northern America which can have a bit of assumption that they use to be connected with the Pangea theory. Certainly a place worth visiting when in Hokkaido!
Written April 18, 2019
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