Ainu Culture Promotion Center アイヌ文化交流センター
Learn about the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people, through crafts and instruments
The Ainu Culture Promotion Center presents over 300 items of indigenous art, clothing and tools, many of which you can hold in your hands. These artifacts offer a peek into the culture and history of the Ainu people.
- Explore Ainu culture in the exhibition room
- Bathing at the nearby hot spring
- Seeing Koganeyu Tenmangu Shrine
How to Get There
You can drive or take a bus from Sapporo.
From Sapporo Station, the ride on Jotetsu bus takes about one hour. Catch a bus bound for Jozankei Onsen or Hokeikyo Onsen—Kaisoku 7 or 8. It's about a six-minute walk to the center from the bus stop.
Experiencing Ainu culture
The center exhibits items from Ainu culture including a replica fishing boat, and traditional carvings and monuments decorate the walkways. A dedicated computer is also on hand to instruct guests on the pronunciation of the Ainu language. Additionally, visitors learn how Hokkaido's history is intimately tied to Ainu and Dutch, Russian and American influences.
In association with the Ainu Culture Promotion Center, the Sapporo branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido conducts workshops that teach the making of Mukkuri—an Ainu instrument—and traditional embroidery. These classes require advance reservations and guests are responsible for material fees.