Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center

AdmissionFree
Exhibition Room: Adults ¥200, High School Students ¥100, free for Junior High School Students or younger
Opening Hours8:45 - 22:00 (exhibition room and garden: 9:00 - 17:00)
ClosedMondays, holidays, the last Tuesday of the month, year-end through New Year holidays
Contact011-596-5961
NotesWheelchair access
Location /
Getting There
Postal code061-2302 Sapporo, Hokkaido , Minami-ku, Koganeyu 27

45 minute drive from Sapporo
From Sapporo Station, 60 minutes via Jotetsu Bus bound for Jozankei Onsen or Hokeikyo Onsen (Kaisoku 7/Kaisoku 8)
From Makomanai Station, 38 minutes via Jotetsu Bus bound for Jozankei Onsen (12)
Get off at "Koganeyu" bus stop and walk 6 minutes

Sculpture at entrance

The Ainu Culture Promotion Center is a fascinating place where visitors can learn about the livelihood, culture, art and history of the indigenous Ainu people who have fostered a unique culture. It is Japan’s first facility featuring indigenous peoples, where visitors can watch, touch and experience numerous traditional Ainu handicrafts made by Ainu artisans. On the grounds there are some traditionally reproduced huts, a “cise”(house), a “pu”(storehouse), and an iyutap (rice milling device).

Traditional Ainu clothing

The modern Ainu Culture Center has artworks, sculptures, an exhibition room, and a large performance hall. The exhibition on the ground floor is home to over 300 items such as tools, clothing, hunting tools, and instruments. Visitors are allowed to handle these items carefully. The items are labeled in English as well as Japanese. The hall has seating for up to 187 people, and throughout the year there are performances of traditional dance and music held, as well as story telling.


Embroidery

Inside the Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center you will also find modern walkways decorated with Ainu monuments, carvings, and framed hand made works. There is even an Ainu language PC dictionary.The information center allows you to explore the Ainu culture through touch panels, video images, books, along with a digital picture show of ancient stories. Or why not go directly to the source and speak with one of the friendly staff!

The Ainu Association of Hokkaido Sapporo Branch also holds workshops at the center that teaches Ainu embroidery and how to make the “Mukkuri” which is a traditional Ainu musical instrument. For reservations and fees required; contact Ainu Association of Hokkaido Sapporo Branch at 011-596-1610.

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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.