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Museum/Aquarium,etc. Teshikaga Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum

Teshikaga Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum
Bringing the traditional culture and history of the Ainu to the present day.

The Ainu Folklore Museum was established on the south bank of Lake Kussharo for the purpose of educating people about the culture and history of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Exhibits are divided into five themes: Yukar, Ainu oral sagas; The Land of the Kotan, or the Ainu village; How the Kotan Has Changed, Running Across the Countryside, and The People who Support the Kotan. These themed exhibits allow you to experience the daily life, traditions, and culture of the Ainu people.

Besides Ainu artifacts, you will find stone tools, earthenware vessels, and other objects that have been excavated from historic ruins in Teshikaga. Outside of the museum, there are also reproductions of cultural items such as a ceremonial altar, a baby bear cage, and more.

Facility Outline

Open:9:00 – 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Closed:From November 1 until April 28 of the next year
Usage Fee:Requires a Fee
Foreign Languages Accommodated:None (some written explanations in English)
Wi-Fi:Available
Address:14 Kussharo-shigai 1-jo-dori, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido
Tel:015-484-2128 (when closed, call the Board of Education’s Social Education Division at 015-482-2948)
Website:http://www.town.teshikaga.hokkaido.jp/03kyouiku/30syougai/25shisetsu/2009-0317-2216-102.html
Stone and earthenware artifacts excavated from historic ruins in Teshikaga
Stone and earthenware artifacts excavated from historic ruins in Teshikaga
Exhibit of ceremonial tools used by the Ainu
Exhibit of ceremonial tools used by the Ainu
Message from the Facility

The Ainu Folklore Museum, a municipal facility of Teshikaga, was opened in 1982. It was built in order to educate future generations about Ainu history as well as the everyday Ainu wisdom that was cultivated through their relationship with the harsh natural environment of the Kussharo Kotan. Kotan means "village" in the Ainu language, and considering that ancient ruins from the Jomon Period have also been found nearby, this region is believed to have been a suitable living location since long, long ago.

Inside the museum, we have over 400 Ainu artifacts on display, including traditional Ainu garments and tools that were used in daily life. Please come visit us if you are in the area.



Tadayuki Fujimori, Museum Director