UPOPOY (National Ainu Museum and Park)

Upopoy serves as the national center for the revival and development of Ainu culture – an invaluable culture in Japan that’s on the verge of extinction.
Visitors can appreciate the rich culture of the Ainu amidst the natural splendor of the Lake Poroto area. Upopoy is an Ainu term meaning “singing in a large group.”



National Ainu Museum
The National Ainu Museum will become the first national museum in Hokkaido and the northernmost national museum in Japan. Shifting away from an exclusive focus on traditional Ainu culture, the museum will also highlight the diversity of contemporary Ainu culture and people from various perspectives.


National Ainu Park
Participatory open-air museum Immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Ainu people, which has been cultivated amidst nature.

*Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

Address 2-3, Wakakusacho, Shiraoi, Shiraoi gun, Hokkaido
Tel +81-144-82-3914
Business hours 20 Jul. - 31 Aug. 2020

1 Sep. - 31 Oct. 2020
Weekends and national holidays

1 Nov. 2020 - 31 Mar. 2021
Regular closed day Mondays (or a business day on or after Tuesday if national holiday)
The year-end and New year's holidays (from 29th December to 3rd January)
Other information

Adult (Individual) 1,200 yen
Adult (Group of 20 or more) 960 yen
High school student (Individual) 600 yen
High school student (Group of 20 or more) 480 yen
Junior high school student or younger Free


10 minute walk from the Shiraoi Station.

* Business days and hours are subject to change due to the influence of Novel Cornavirus (COVID-19).

Map of surrounding areas


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