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to understand the History of Hokkaido

This place is interesting because it is an open museum and village presenting the Ainu people and... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Sendai, Japan
Historical Village

There was a museum to teach you about the history and then we were treated to an Ainu dance. You... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2017
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2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun 059-0902, Hokkaido
+81 144-82-3914
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 September 2014

The museum and shows were a great display of Ainu culture. I love learning about indigenous cultures, and there's a fine line between respectful and exploitative. This place did a good job at sharing the Ainu culture without making it feel like a human zoo....More

5  Thank jennfon
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Upon entering the Ainu Village, you can see black bears kept in unspeakable conditions in cages barely big enough to turn around in. I was extremely disappointed and heartsick to see wild animals kept this way. Even if this was once the custom of the...More

8  Thank mndb
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

I was really excited to visit the museum but it was close because of the olympics in 2020. There was no info on the english website of the museum so we went away after driving quite far. I hope they open soon.

8  Thank helgamog
Reviewed 12 April 2018

This place is interesting because it is an open museum and village presenting the Ainu people and their culture and traditions.it seems that there was a large gap between the Ainu and the Japanese lifestyle in the ancient times. In addition, there were also performances...More

Thank addou88
Reviewed 1 April 2018

A simple village with about 10 buildings representing the indigenous Ainu population and culture before the Japanese settled in the 19th century after the Meiji Restoration. Due to the harsh environment, the Ainu apparently had limited exports for trade, dried salmon and fur, but maintained...More

Thank Glenn808
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Shiraoi Ainu Museum (Porotokotan), Hokkaido prefecture The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館, Ainu Minzoku Hakubutsukan) is one of the country's best museums about the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan. The open air museum, which is also commonly known as Porotokotan (meaning large lakeside village...More

1  Thank shash122
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

The Ainu are said to be the second oldest group of settlers in Japan. Whether for tourist revenue or not, visit the village which preserves and showcases the Ainu culture. There is a show at one of the huts further down that provides an enlightening...More

Thank Gwendolphyn
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

There was a museum to teach you about the history and then we were treated to an Ainu dance. You can see how the Ainu’s lived before. It’s a good cultural experience. There were also shops inside where you can buy items related to the...More

Thank Miles527
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

The performance is cool & entertaining. The view of this place is fabulous..!!! Must visit... great for pictures..!!!

Thank letitout
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Ainu village is certainly worth a visit., although it is not a true "living" village, but rather a indoor/outdoor museum. Most days there are several shows of song and dance, instrumental music and story telling ( with English translations, which sometimes are not easy...More

2  Thank 820gyuri
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We took the train from Muroran and then had about a 15 minute walk from the Shiraoi JR station - take the green walkway over the tracks just to the left of the station instead of following the map given out at the JR station...More

1  Thank bobe2
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Stayed a night at Shiraoi and visited Ainu Museum and Village. Nice place, worth a visit. The show is good, comprising of 5 performances but the emcee only speaks in Japanese so my kids were a little bored, and could not appreciate. Tranquil place and...More

1  Thank Glittering_Angel
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Response from Glittering_Angel | Reviewed this property |
Nothing much to buy and those souvenirs are very pricey. Should just go Noboribetsu or back to Sapporo for souvenirs!