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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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