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This museum recreates an indigenous Ainu village (a koton) on the shore of Lake Poroto. It was opened in 1984 as a facility to display the tangible and intangible cultural assets of the Ainu, and to conduct scientific research. Inside are several reproductions such as Ainu chise (thatch-roofed Ainu houses), pu (for storing food), hepere set (cages for young bears), and chip (dugout canoes). This Ainu collection, the largest in Japan, contains permanent exhibitions that are thematically categorized according to various aspects of daily life. Visitors can also experience a folk music performance played with mukkuri, as well as an ancient Ainu dance, which has been designated an important intangible folk culture asset. Tens of thousands of visitors from Japan and abroad come every year to learn about the traditional ways of the Ainu people.
Picture provided by Traditional Ainu Folk Craft Nibutani Ainu Takumi no Michi
Japan’s largest prefecture - Sapporo Snow Festival
Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Ainu Museum Porotokotan
Popular spot for whale watching and seeing brown bears, deer and foxes
The most popular way to view the ice flows up-close is to board an ice-breaking boat.