Fodor's Expert Review Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

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An excellent resource for information about the Ainu, this museum remains sadly unknown to many Japanese. Ainu artifacts, such as shoes of salmon skin, water containers made from animal bladders, and heavy blue-and-black embroidered coats, are on display, as well as implements used in iyomante, an Ainu ritual that sent the spirit of the bear back to the nonhuman world. There is an hour-long movie in English and a selection of tapes with traditional Ainu chants and songs.

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Quick Facts

61 Nibutani
Nibutani, Hokkaido  055-0101, Japan


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: ¥400, ¥700 joint ticket with Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu Archive, Closed Dec. 16–Jan. 15, and Mon. Nov. 16–Apr. 15, Apr. 16–Nov. 15, daily 9–4:30; Nov 16.–Apr. 15, Tues.–Sun. 9–4:30; closed Dec. 16–Jan. 15

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