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Experience Ainu Culture at This Interactive Museum


The living traditions and unique history of Hokkaido’s Indigenous people


The seaside town of Shiraoi is home to Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park, a national center dedicated to the history and culture of Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu people.


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Set on the shores of Lake Poroto amidst abundant natural beauty, Upopoy offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the Ainu worldview, which has a reverence for nature. The National Ainu Museum, located within Upopoy, is Japan's northernmost national museum and the first one dedicated to Ainu culture. What’s more, the museum’s exhibitions are presented from an Ainu perspective.


Experience the culture through hands-on experiences. Cook and taste authentic Ainu cuisine, or play a melody on traditional Indigenous instruments. Visitors can also learn about meaningful Ainu designs through wood carving and embroidery. Visitors may also see traditional Ainu dance.

With immersive experiences, insightful exhibits, and dining venues serving traditional fare, this singular destination just one hour from Sapporo is sure to please the curious traveler. 


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Contribution to Sustainability

Upopoy serves as the national center for the revival and development of Ainu culture. You can learn about the history and wide-ranging cultural practices of the Ainu through experiences like hands-on workshops, performances, interactive exhibitions.


Upopoy (symbolic space for ethnic harmony)


2-3 Wakakusa-cho, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido




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