Newly opened in July 2020, Upopoy National Ainu Museum is the first nationally run facility dedicated to the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Upopoy, an Ainu word meaning “singing together in a large group”, aims to revive and protect Ainu culture, which currently is at risk of extinction. The center includes three facilities: the National Museum, the National Ainu Park, and the Memorial Site. Set aside a day for this unique and fascinating center; there is so much to see and do! Whether you are interested in traditional dance performances, traditional art, and craftwork, or the diversity of contemporary Ainu culture, Upopoy will keep you busy! Many activities also take place outdoors, giving an authentic experience of the culture of the first people of Hokkaido.
Upopoy Ainu Museum
2-3 Wakakusacho, Shiraoi, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido