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Learn about Ainu history, culture and life at the Akanko Ainu Kotan

Akanko Ainu Kotan

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Akanko Ainu Kotan

What is Akanko Ainu Kotan?

Akanko Ainu Kotan is a cultural facility. Ainu refers to the indigenous people of certain areas, including Hokkaido, and Kotan means ''village'' in the Ainu language. At Akanko Ainu Kotan, visitors can learn about the history, culture and lifestyle of the Ainu from the time when Hokkaido was still referred to as Ezo. There is also a woodworking crafts store as well as restaurants featuring Ainu cuisine.

At the entrance is a figure of the Kotan guardian angel, Kotan Korokamui Owl, welcoming guests. There is also a store which sells various accessories and original folk art. It features a 2.5 meter tall wood carving of a brown bear.

Visitors can experience Ainu cuisine at the restaurant. The traditional cuisine does not use additives or chemically produced seasoning. The alpine leek ramen noodles, venison meal, and pork rice bowl are popular items. At the innermost area of the Kotan, Onnechise, it is possible to see the ''Ainu Traditional Dance'', which has been designated as an important intangible folk cultural heritage art of Japan. There is a parking lot available on-site.

Access

By public transportation: From JR Kushiro Station, transfer to the Akan Bus going toward Akan Bus Terminal (2 hour ride). Ainu Kotan is a 15 minute walk from the bus terminal stop. By car: Take the ''Ashoro IC'' interchange off of the Hokkaido Eastern Road (Dotodo) and travel along the national road for 60 kilometers toward Akanko to reach the Ainu Kotan.

Information of Akanko Ainu Kotan

Spot name Akanko Ainu Kotan
Address Hokkaido Prefecture, Kushiro-shi, Akan-cho, Akanko Onsen 4-7-84
Regular holiday Thursday,Irregular closed dates
Business hours MON:10:00-21:00 / TUE:10:00-21:00 / WED:10:00-21:00 / THU:10:00-21:00 / FRI:10:00-21:00 / SAT:10:00-21:00 / SUN:10:00-21:00
TEL 0154-67-2727
Fee 0yen

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