Shinkansen sightseeing information

The area surrounding Sapporo, Otaru and Noboribetsu(Central Hokkaido)

Ainu Museum(Shiraoi)

Touching on the history and culture of the indigenous Ainu through extensive hands-on learning and events.

This museum is popularly known as Porotokotan, which means a "large lakeside village" in the Ainu language.
It includes cultural artifact of the Ainu people who formerly lived in northern Tohoku, the Kurile islands, Karafuto (Sakhalin) and Hokkaido.
In the middle of a building modelled on a "Chise" (traditional Ainu house), there is an easy to understand exhibition which displays the Ainu way of life and necessities of life. The museum aids the research and study of Ainu culture and it has also become the base for cultural exchange between indigenous people from around the world.

Would you not like to experience close up, the various hands-on unique Ainu culture and performances such as traditional Ainu folk dancing with native dress, production and performance of an instrument which is representative of the Ainu people, the "Mukkuri" (a traditional plucked idiophone indigenous to the Ainu) or study the depth and techniques of embroidered and engraved Ainu design.
In addition, a must see is also the seasonal and weekly events such as "an evening at Poroto Kotan" and "Orushipeanuro".

Related to the revival of the Ainu culture, a decision has been made to establish in 2020 the National Ethnic Co-existence Park (tentative name) and the National Ainu Cultural Museum (tentative name) as a national center," a space to symbolize co-existence with ethnic groups". 

Address2-3-4 Wakakusacho, Shiraoicho, Shiraoigun TEL0144-82-3914
Hours8:45 - 17:00 ClosedDecember 29 - January 5
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. JR Noboribetsu Station
  3. about a 13-minute walk from JR Shiraoi Station
AdmissionAdults 800 yen, high school students 600 yen, junior high school students 500 yen, elementary school students 350 yen

Various hands-on programs require additional fees (reservations required).