Akan-Mashu National Park

Teshikaga Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum

Learn about the dramatic history of Japan's Indigenous people

The Kussharo Kotan Ainu Museum documents the history and culture of the Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan. The museum specifically houses artifacts and exhibits on the Ainu that settled on the south bank of Lake Kussharo, where the museum is now located.

Themed exhibits detail the Ainu traditional way of life, including artifacts and informational displays on hunting and gathering, housing, food, clothing, and religion. Learn about the natural and human history of the Kussharo area, and discover how the unique culture of the Ainu allowed them to triumph over Hokkaido’s bitter winters. You can watch a 25-minute video about Ainu history (ask for the English version), which delves into the challenges faced by the Ainu community and present-day efforts to pass on Ainu traditions. Visitors can also make traditional Ainu bookmarks and coasters. No advance reservations are required, however, numbers are limited to two to three guests per class.

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Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
Closed December 1 to April 9
Cost Inquire for details
Wi-Fi Available
Address 14 Kussharo-shigai 1-jo-dori, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido
Phone (+81) 015-484-2128 (when closed, call the Board of Education’s Social Education Division at (+81) 015-482-2948)
Website https://www.town.teshikaga.hokkaido.jp/kurashi/kyoiku_bunka_sports/shakaikyoiku_bunka/2/2448.html (JP)

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