Tonkori: Sharing the Musical Culture of the Ainu, One Note at a Time – HOKKAIDO LOVE!

About an hour away from Sapporo by car, this workshop is home to one of Japan’s most unique craftsmen. In all of Hokkaido, only two people have the expertise and skill to make Tonkori, a traditional Ainu instrument. With five strings played openly, this instrument produces beautiful melodies. Stop by the workshop to hear and play these carefully decorated instruments. For a more hands-on experience, work side-by-side with experts to make your own Tonkori necklace to take home. This opportunity is certainly a rare experience and one enjoyed by numerous G20 leaders and their families who visited on a cultural tour of Japan.