Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Ainu at Lake Akan Ainu Theater Ikor. Dedicated to preserving and passing on Ainu history and tradition, visitors can watch Ainu dance and Iomante Fire Festival performances, as well as take part in a wide variety of hands-on activities and lectures.
UNESCO designated Ainu dance a part of Japan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009, and any trip to Hokkaido is incomplete without viewing this vital part of Japanese history. Visitors can take part in preserving Ainu culture through “taiken” classes like Ainu embroidery, traditional woodcarving, or making a traditional mukkuri mouth harp. Learn to play the mukkuri in a music class and take the spirit of Ainu dance back home.
The nearby Ainu Kotan village offers an opportunity to further immerse in Hokkaido’s native culture. Many shops sell folk art, traditional embroidery, fabric crafts, and modern art pieces. Village restaurants give visitors the chance to sample Ainu cuisine, which can only be found in Hokkaido. Enjoy a walk along the shopping street and experience a side of Japan both rare and new.
|Open||10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.|
|Schedule||Traditional dance performance at 11:00 a.m., Iomante Fire Festival performance at 9:00 p.m. Times may change depending on season. Please inquire for further details.|
|Cost||Inquire for details|
|Foreign Languages||English and Chinese (traditional dance performance only, via subtitles)|
|Address||1-1-1 Akanko Onsen, Akancho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido|