UPOPOY (National Ainu Museum and Park) UPOPOY (National Ainu Museum and Park)

*Sponsor: Agency for Cultural Affairs (The image is for illustration purposes only.)  

UPOPOY (National Ainu Museum and Park)
open on 29th May, 2020 !
We will inform you when the service will be started on this page.

Upopoy serves as the national center for the revival and development of Ainu culture - an invaluable culture in Japan that’s on the verge of extinction.

Visitors can appreciate the rich culture of the Ainu amidst the natural splendor of the Lake Poroto area.
Upopoy is an Ainu term meaning “singing in a large group.”

Major facilities of Upopoy

National Ainu Museum

Exterior view of the museum *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

National Ainu Museum

The National Ainu Museum will become the first national museum in Hokkaido and the northernmost national museum in Japan. Shifting away from an exclusive focus on traditional Ainu culture, the museum will also highlight the diversity of contemporary Ainu culture and people from various perspectives.

The mission of the National Ainu Museum is to promote a proper understanding and awareness of Ainu history and culture in Japan and elsewhere out of respect for the dignity of the indigenous Ainu people while contributing to the creation and development of new aspects of Ainu culture.

National Ainu Park

Cise (outside) *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

National Ainu Park

Participatory open-air museum Immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Ainu people, which has been cultivated amidst nature.

The National Ainu Park is an open-air museum where visitors can experience various elements of Ainu culture—a culture that has been cultivated amidst nature. Here, visitors can watch traditional dance performances and participate in wide-ranging hands-on programs. The park is also a place where visitors can relax and appreciate Ainu culture amidst natural splendor.


Iomante (ceremony)

Iomante (ceremony) *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

Traditional arts and dancing, musical instrument performance

Traditional Ainu dance

Traditional Ainu dance *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

dance performance

Still from dance performance *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

dance performance

Still from dance performance *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture


Visitors can come together and enjoy the performances of "Ainu ancient rite dancing", the mukkuri (mouth harp), and the tonkori (five-stringed instrument) designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. In the experience exchange hall, you can see Poroto Lake and the traditional Ainu village past the glass windows that form the backdrop to the stage, and the rich nature around UPOPOY and seasonal scenery really add to the performances.


Performing arts

Mukkuri performance experience

Mukkuri performance experience *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

Visitors can try playing traditional Ainu musical instruments, such as a mukkuri (a kind of mouth harp) and a tonkori (a five-stringed instrument), in order to enjoy their sounds.

Craft-making

A mukkuri-making activity

A mukkuri-making activity *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

Visitors can try their hand at woodcarving and at embroidering Ainu patterns.

Meal experience

Meal experience

Meal experience *Sponsor: The Foundation for Ainu Culture

Visitors can learn the depth of the food culture of Ainu people through food-processing and cooking activities, as well as by eating traditional Ainu dishes.


Business periods and hours / Admission fees

Business periods and hours

29 May - 19 Jul. 2020
Weekdays
9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Weekends and national holidays
9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.
20 Jul. - 31 Aug. 2020 9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.
1 Sep. - 31 Oct. 2020
Weekdays
9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Weekends and national holidays
9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.
1 Nov. 2020 - 31 Mar. 2021 9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.

Closed

Admission fees

Adult (Individual) 1,200 yen
Adult (Group of 20 or more) 960 yen
High school student (Individual) 600 yen
High school student (Group of 20 or more) 480 yen
Junior high school student or younger Free

*incl. tax

Parking inside and outside of the park charge:1 time 500 yen for a standard size car


Access

Great access, approx. 1 hour from Sapporo and approx. 40 minutes from New Chitose Airport by JR !

2-3, Wakakusacho, Shiraoi, Shiraoi gun, Hokkaido
10 minute walk from the Shiraoi Station.

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UPOPOY (National Ainu Museum and Park)

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