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Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples

21-7, Suehirocho, Hakodate 040-0053, Hokkaido
+81 138-22-4128
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Ainu Country

Reflective of the Ainu (indigenous people of Hokkaido). The venue was small but well worth it... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii
Worthwhile introduction to the history of the Ainu

This is not a huge museum, but it does provide a good introduction to the lifestyle and history of... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Erik W
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21-7, Suehirocho, Hakodate 040-0053, Hokkaido
+81 138-22-4128
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Reflective of the Ainu (indigenous people of Hokkaido). The venue was small but well worth it. The staff was super friendly.

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is not a huge museum, but it does provide a good introduction to the lifestyle and history of the local indigenous people of Hokkaido, the Ainu. We stumbled this place while wandering around the area and were happy we found it.

Thank Erik W
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

This museum provided us with a terrific insight into the culture and history of Hokkaido's Aboriginal people - the Ainu. It's such a story typical to many countries- where an ancient race of people have been displaced or invaded by an outside culture. The Ainu...More

Thank Wangary
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Spent around 2 hours there exploring the wide range of exhibits. Arrived around 10 am and I was the only customer there for virtually the entire time. Very well set out and informative but would probably largely appeal only to history buffs like myself. Not...More

1  Thank ndjordan1
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Located in a former bank, this small museum does a good job of introducing the Ainu indigenous people. The pamphlet has limited English but the artifacts speak for themselves. There is a self-select video section with some interesting content so sit down, relax and watch...More

1  Thank chitravelers11
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Showing a collection of clothes, artifacts and history of the Northern People of Japan. Located across the blue-line tram stop. Ticket for this museum only is JPY300, but if you pay JPY500 you can enter another museum located in the surrounding area. They provide English...More

1  Thank Sisca C
Reviewed 13 November 2016

My family and i visited this when on holiday in Hakodate.I was interested in the Ainu culture as it has similarities to our Polynesian here in the Pacific.I think the building is an old bank with lots of rooms with different exhibits in each.There was...More

2  Thank IanMortimer
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Center of academic studies of northern indigenous people in Japan and Russia including the Ainu. Several collections of practical and ceremonial items made by these people. Small guide in English with translations of major labels. No cafe.

1  Thank ArlingtonEddie
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This small museum brought us to Hakodate. I first visited it alone a few years after seeing the 1999 Ainu exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. An anthropology buff, I found myself blown away by the Smithsonian's introduction to the...More

2  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 2 March 2016

A very quiet museum with lots of great Ainu artifacts. The museum has a good overview of Ainu and Northern cultures, but at times felt a bit patronising in its interpretation. As a previous reviewer noted, the lack of Ainu voices is a bit glaring...More

1  Thank Simone R
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