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Lake Akan - Ainu Culture Tour

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Explore how the native Ainu interact with and respect nature

Akan Ainu Industrial Arts Association



Surrounded by virgin forests inside the Akan Mashu National Park, Lake Akan is one of the most beautiful lakes in Eastern Hokkaido. Situated on its shore is Akanko Onsen, a hot spring district with several hotels, and a popular sightseeing area.


Akanko Onsen is home to the Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, a village of arts and crafts built by the Ainu natives of Japan. It is a place that conveys the culture of the Ainu, with several Ainu handicraft shops and restaurants standing lined up along the road.


"Anytime, Ainutime!" offers guided tour programs led by local Ainu guides. You can enjoy activities such as nature walking and traditional handicraft making. The Ainu live a lifestyle that values the relationship between people, objects, and nature. They communicate with the surrounding nature when they gather plants for food, and they think of a special person when they create wood carvings and embroidery patterned on nature. "Anytime, Ainutime!" aims to convey this wonderful culture by letting you experience it first-hand.


From the knowledge and the way of life of the Ainu, "Anytime, Ainutime!" hope that you can discover useful life lessons that will stay with you long after your journey ends.


How to get there


80 minutes by bus from Kushiro Airport. Alternatively, 2 hours by bus from JR Kushiro Station.





Anytime Ainu Time




More Information


Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website


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