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Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples

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Good museum highlighting Ainu culture

This museum was almost empty when my wife and I visited it, and that's a shame as the exhibits are... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Bellevue, Washington
Well worth visiting.

Plenty of English explanation of Ainu as well as other northern peoples. Outstanding collection of... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2018
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 25, 2013

By western standards, this isn't up to the highly immersive and entertaining standards being set by new museums, but this museum houses three collections of important artifacts. 7 rooms contain a group of artifacts, each around a tooic or theme.... Clothing, hunting implements, and items...More

7  Thank betsysSacramento
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Reviewed April 20, 2015

More about the anthropologists who researched the Northern Peoples than the people themselves. English information accompanies exhibits, but the Japanese text is more detailed.

3  Thank bimdonesia
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

The museum is not particularly big but it certainly holds a lot of information. The museum is not just about the Ainu, but also other indigenous cultures. They have volunteer guides as well who really know their stuff, but I believe that they do not...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2018

We started our visit to the historic Motomaci are by visiting the Hoppou Minzoku Shiryoukan (City Museum of Northern Peoples). This building owned and managed by a trust related to Hakodate City was the former Hakodate Branch of the Bank of Japan. The building was...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Of all the museums we visited during our trip to Hakodate, this museum was the best. It covers the history of the Ainu in northern Japan and has exhibits not only of Ainu culture, but of cultures of northern peoples across Russia, Alaska, and Canada....More

Thank JohnD209
Reviewed June 25, 2018

We had planned to visit anyway, but the day we went, it was raining buckets and blowing our umbrellas inside out, so a nice choice. The artifacts that they show are exquisite and the displays interesting.

1  Thank Geoviki
Reviewed May 21, 2018

I knew a little about Northern People that were living in Hokkaido ruling the place before the unavoidable expansion of the more organized southern Japanese society. Visiting this museum made me to know more about these ancient people and their fine art and taste about...More

1  Thank Michele P
Reviewed May 21, 2018

A small but nicely done museum of the prior inhabitants of the area. Was quite ineresting as to the methods of fishing that they used.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

This museum was almost empty when my wife and I visited it, and that's a shame as the exhibits are interesting and there are English descriptions throughout. A lot of the items remind me of Pacific Northwest first nations items I've seen in Victoria, BC...More

1  Thank luxingren
Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Great museum showing the history of the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Definitely worth seeing. Mostly everything is in Japanese. If was fun doing the pattern work at the end.

Thank Kaiula53
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Plenty of English explanation of Ainu as well as other northern peoples. Outstanding collection of clothing, tools, ceremonial objects. If you are interested in anthropology or history, go.

Thank WIllied425
Reviewed March 10, 2018

nicely presented, nice range of items, the most in Japan in one place i believe. Not much in English at all. There were interpreters for different languages there learning more about the exhibits so maybe join a tour in your language?

Thank sapphirecat88
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