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  • Amanda
    Sapporo, Japan3,475 contributions
    "Poroto" in Ainu means "Big Lake" - but this is a relatively small lake across from the Upopoy Ainu center - there are nature trails, bike rental and canoes to rent.
    Amazing plant life! Go to the wooden walkway, which is right under the expressway, and see the Skunk Cabbage area (flowering is April), the plants are HUGE...both forest plants like the wild climbing hyrandea, and the swamp plants like the Ooba Yuri, a kind of giant lilly Cardiocrinum cordatum - the Ainu used the bulbs of this for starch for food.
    Written 16 July 2020
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  • AngAhSin
    Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
    Less than 15 mins and 6.5 km drive from the Hell Valley parking area. Children can play with the clean waters (supposedly 2nd cleanest lake water in Japan) and catch little fishes.
    Written 5 August 2019
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  • Amanda
    Sapporo, Japan3,475 contributions
    National Ainu Museum Upopoy

    Shiraoi-cho

    Ainu culture presentation on a national scale

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    Ainu culture gets the official Japan treatment in Hokkaido's first national level museum.

    Spacious lakeside park, with a big museum and other buildings for theater performances and films, a recreated village and pop up demonstrations of traditional skills such as crafts and wooden canoe making.
    Some onsite dining options and shops.
    Whole program of experience activities also available, but they need reservation and some are not running in Covid-19 times.

    The museum has English signage, although it isn't as complete as the Japanese. There are also audio guides. Explanations are a little sparse about the origins of a piece, both its geographic location and time (is it 100 years old or modern?). But the museum chronicles the sad history of Ainu and Japanese, the wars and cultural oppression. There is also a brief mention of the current battles over repatriation of the Ainu remains from universities/institutions and many of those remains are kept at a Memorial Hall on a quiet hill up the road from Upopoy.

    Most moving for me - tales thru video and photo panels of modern day Ainu. The office worker, the cook - what it means to them to be Ainu. Even the guy who says: I don't have anything in my life which is particularly Ainu...it's a good way to remind us that Ainu are NOT a historical peoples...they are now. And they are not all wood craftspeople/embroiderers and dancers - they are people.

    **** Important Point!
    COVID-19 times require advance booking (officially), the English on the website is getting better day by day, but still it's a tricky process and you have to make a Log In. You can also buy tickets from convenient store tickets services. The Museum Timed Entry reservation system is ONLY for the museum.
    Ideally you need both:
    Day Ticket 1,200 yen
    Museum Timed Entry Free (included in day Ticket)
    Written 18 July 2020
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  • S K
    Singapore, Singapore296 contributions
    We stopped here for lunch on our way to Muroran. Great place to buy seafood snacks. A few stalls selling fresh seafood. We had the crab sushi, crab tempura, Unagi rice bowl and crab rice bowl. Generous portion of seafood in every order. Reasonably priced and an enjoyable lunch.
    Written 11 September 2019
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