Traditional Ainu Crafts



Traditional Ainu Crafts


The Ainu native people have lived in Hokkaido, Japan for centuries. They are expert hunters, and make many everyday items using the animal skins and claws of brown bears and Yezo deer.
Kimono and clothing accessories made from fabric with traditional Ainu patterns attract many tourists.
In “Akan Lake Ainu Kotan”, there is a museum that houses a recreated Ainu folk house, an art gallery exhibiting craft art and about 30 craft souvenir shops. There are restaurants and cafes on the street, so you can relax and learn about the life of the Ainu. You can also see theatrical plays and ancient dances at “Akan Lake Ainu Kotan”.

Akan Lake Ainu Kotan

Address: 4-7-19, Akan-ko Onsen, Akan-cho, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido, 085-0467
Contact: 0154-67-2727
Hours: 11:00-22:00
Closed: Irregular
Access: 2 hours by Akan Bus to Akan-kohan from Kushiro Station on the JR Nemuro Honsen Line, then a 15-minute walk from the terminal bus stop