National Parks of Japan Protecting our natural heritage for future generations

Akan, Mashu, KussharoAkan-Mashu National Park


Museum/Aquarium,etc. Lake Akan Ainu Theater Ikor

Lake Akan Ainu Theater Ikor
Your hub for information on Ainu culture.

The Lake Akan Ainu Theater Ikor works to ensure the history and culture of the native Japanese Ainu are passed on to the next generation and its theater serves as a stage for traditional Ainu dance, which was registered into UNESCO's List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. The theater puts on traditional Ainu dance and Iomante Fire Festival performances, and offers a wide variety of hands-on activities and lectures for all ages including those for Ainu embroidery, the mukkuri (an Ainu musical instrument), wood carving, and more.

At the neighboring Ainu Kotan (Ainu village), there are numerous folk craft shops where you will find traditional Hokkaido handicrafts and shop-original items such as craft work, traditional fabrics, embroidery work, and modern art. You can also try Ainu cuisine in the village's restaurants. Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to experience a different culture right here in Hokkaido!

Facility Outline

Open:10:00 – 22:00
Traditional dance performance at 11:00, Iomante Fire Festival performance at 21:00
* Times may change depending on season. Please check the homepage for further details.
Closed:Closes irregularly
Usage Fee:Requires a Fee
Foreign Languages Accommodated:English and Chinese (traditional dance performance only, via subtitles)
Address:4-7-84 Akanko Onsen, Akancho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido
Guardian spirit of the Ainu village, the Blakiston’s fish owl
Guardian spirit of the Ainu village, the Blakiston’s fish owl
Traditional Ainu dance adapted for the Iomante Fire Festival
Traditional Ainu dance adapted for the Iomante Fire Festival
Message from the Facility
The Lake Akan Ainu Kotan is an Ainu village with 30 households consisting of around 130 people in total and has long been one of Hokkaido’s most popular sightseeing destinations. While the Ainu Theater Ikor seeks to preserve culture of the Ainu people, we also want to give visitors who come for sightseeing the chance to experience Ainu culture through traditional dance. In the Ainu language, "ikor" translates to "a precious thing" or "treasure." We hope that our guests will be left with precious memories that they will treasure even after they leave. Please stop by the the Ainu Theater Ikor when you come to the Akan area!

Eguchi, Director