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Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples (北海道立北方民族博物館)


Museum / Science Museum

The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples is the only folk museum dedicated to the peoples of the North in Japan, and one of only a handful of museums of its kind in the world. The Museum displays the results of extensive research on the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Hokkaido and also of other Northern peoples in other parts of the world. The Museum holds frequent lectures and seminars, and the Museum shop has an impressive range of books about Northern peoples. The Museum is situated around 10–15 minutes’ drive from Abashiri Station. To reach the Museum by bus, take the Kanko Meguri tourist bus service and get off at the “Hoppou Minzoku Hakubutsukan” bus stop.


Hokkaido Abashirishi Shiomi 309-1 Tenriyama/Tachi Okhotsk Park (Abashiri / Kitami / ShiretokoArea)

phone 0152453888


Review of Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/11 One of the best small museums weve been too.
Easy to get to on the bus, this is a must see if you are in Abishiri. We were expecting the museum to focus exclusively on the Ainu, but it covers so much more than that with information about all...
Reviewed:2020/02/20 Great for Learning
It’s a beautiful museum, sitting atop a picturesque hill. I went in winter and it was so pretty all covered in soft powder. So easy to get to with the same bus that takes you to the MS Aurora port...
Reviewed:2019/10/14 Interesting about the Ainu People
The visit was worth the trip, and the free audio helped us understand the exhibits; however we paid the extra entrance fee to visit the enclosed section and found it to be more about the Sami people...

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Hokkaido Abashirishi Shiomi 309-1 Tenriyama/Tachi Okhotsk Park [map]
Abashiri / Kitami / ShiretokoArea
Monday (The next week day if it falls on a public holiday), [Feb./July-Sep.] open everyday, New Year's Holiday
[Permanent exhibition Admission fee to view] General550yen, High school students 200yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students/Over 65Free
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.