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Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples

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Address: 21-7, Suehirocho, Hakodate 040-0053, Hokkaido
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+81 138-22-4128

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Interesting local history museum - hard to find - but worth the look.

Spent around 2 hours there exploring the wide range of exhibits. Arrived around 10 am and I was the only customer there for virtually the entire time. Very well set out and... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Spent around 2 hours there exploring the wide range of exhibits. Arrived around 10 am and I was the only customer there for virtually the entire time. Very well set out and informative but would probably largely appeal only to history buffs like myself. Not a great deal of interactive exhibits that young children would expect these days. Likewise no... More 

1 Thank ndjordan1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Located in a former bank, this small museum does a good job of introducing the Ainu indigenous people. The pamphlet has limited English but the artifacts speak for themselves. There is a self-select video section with some interesting content so sit down, relax and watch a couple. We bought a wonderful walnut plate carved in the Ainu fashion. They offer... More 

1 Thank chitravelers11
Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Showing a collection of clothes, artifacts and history of the Northern People of Japan. Located across the blue-line tram stop. Ticket for this museum only is JPY300, but if you pay JPY500 you can enter another museum located in the surrounding area. They provide English booklet, you can have your own guided tour of the museum.

1 Thank Sisca C
Nelson, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

My family and i visited this when on holiday in Hakodate.I was interested in the Ainu culture as it has similarities to our Polynesian here in the Pacific.I think the building is an old bank with lots of rooms with different exhibits in each.There was not a lot of content but of corse there is not a lot available anyway.... More 

2 Thank IanMortimer
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Center of academic studies of northern indigenous people in Japan and Russia including the Ainu. Several collections of practical and ceremonial items made by these people. Small guide in English with translations of major labels. No cafe.

1 Thank ArlingtonEddie
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,072 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This small museum brought us to Hakodate. I first visited it alone a few years after seeing the 1999 Ainu exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. An anthropology buff, I found myself blown away by the Smithsonian's introduction to the Ainu's ancient origins, evolving relationship with the Japanese and its 20th century rebirth. On our... More 

2 Thank Rumples
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

A very quiet museum with lots of great Ainu artifacts. The museum has a good overview of Ainu and Northern cultures, but at times felt a bit patronising in its interpretation. As a previous reviewer noted, the lack of Ainu voices is a bit glaring at times. I felt awkward about the praise given to anthropologists recording all of this... More 

1 Thank Simone R
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

Very informative & interesting museum. Covers all aspects of Ainu life & the history of these people. Room with interactive displays

1 Thank Karen M
Kyoto, Japan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The museum is interesting, if not great. Many of the displays are only in Japanese, but there's a pamphlet with explanations of most of the exhibits. On a slightly unrelated note... the taxi driver asked me if I were a scholar when I told him this is where I wanted him to take us. I find it's a disgrace that... More 

1 Thank mmm_gg_l
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

I was quite keen to visit this museum, since I was quite curious to find out more about the Ainu culture. However, this museum is of quite limited interest. The number of exhibits is quite limited, and almost all explanations are in Japanese. Much better to visit the modern equivalent in Abashiri.

1 Thank teturtia

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