This museum was built for inheriting Ainu culture when the Nibutani dam was constructed. It features a novel architectural design.
“Ainu who are the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Among the Ainu peoples are those who lived at the Saru River Basin. You can see the traditional Ainu house village chosen as significant cultural scenery, everyday tools and folkcraft articles that convey their culture.
In addition to the Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu Museum nearby, there is the Old Munro Residence (registered as a national tangible cultural property), Historical Museum of the Saru River, Biratori Ainu Cultural Information Center, and more that you can get around to see on foot.”
Try to carve an actual Ainu pattern. Try to embroider it. It is an ethnic experience that you can only do in Nibutani. It is a popular on-site learning experience where you can see, touch, and sense the traditional culture of the Ainu civilization born in the Nature of Hokkaido.
|Mukkuri Crafting (Wood carving)|
|Fees||1,000 yen per person|
|Crafting time||30~60 mins|
|Reservations||up to 2 weeks prior|
|Coaster Crafting (Wood carving & embroidery)|
|Fees||2,000 yen per person|
|Approximately 90 mins||up to 2 weeks prior|
|55 Nibutani, Biratori-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido|
From Tomikawa-ekimae, take the Donan-Bus bound for Furenai-annaijo, get off Shiryokanmae, 3 minutes walk from the station
|9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
April 16-November 15 Open
November 16-April 15 Closed every Monday
December 16-January 15 Closed due to maintenance