Spirit & Culture of the Aynu People

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Tour code : 001004A

From JPY 21,000


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Be a part of the celebration of Aynu Culture – passed down by the indigenous people who remain in Hokkaido. This trip allows you to feel the Aynu Spirit and understand what is held sacred in this culture which is entirely distinct from Japanese culture.

Trip HighLights

  • Transport at your disposal for entire tour - feel free to leave your bags in the trunk
  • Expert tour guide
  • Entrance fees to Asahikawa City Museum & Aynu Museum
  • Visit the sacred landscape of the Aynu people

Quick Itinerary

10:00 Asahikawa Station Meet Driver and Guide. 

10:05  Asahikawa City Museum  Expertly laid out museum with eye catching displays and a keen focus on the history and traditions of the Aynu people.

11:10  Aynu Museum  A little over one hundred years old, this museum was established by Mr. Kaneto Kawamura, a key figure in Aynu history.

  Lunch Traditional Aynu lunch
14:00  Aynu Culture Forest  Step into the forest and see what a kotan looks like. It is a kind of Aynu settlement. Visitors will see how it exists in harmony with the natural surrounds.

16:00 Asahikawa Station Tour Ends at Asahikawa Station
 Included in this trip price: Lunch ☑

Please see My Page after completing booking for a more detailed itinerary.

Access Information

Tour Start Point Asahikawa Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point About 85 minutes on a Limited Express Train from Sapporo Station.
Time Required Five hours and thirty minutes.
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Asahikawa City Museum

Asahikawa City Museum

This is an excellently designed museum which is a great place to learn about the culture, history and nature of this region, especially the indigenous customs of the Aynu people.

The display covering the flora and fauna of Mt. Daisetsu is highly recommended.

Aynu Museum

Aynu Museum

For more than 100 years, this private museum started by Mr. Kaneto Kawamura, a key figure in preserving the Aynu way of life, has been an introduction point for those striving to learn about the indigenous folklore and history of Northern Japan.

Guests can touch and feel Aynu culture and try an authentic dance that is a key part of Aynu life.

Aynu Culture Forest and Folklore Village

Aynu Culture Forest and Folklore Village

This is a faithfully reproduced kotan – a kind of Aynu village. The Aynu Culture Forest exists to preserve and pass down the culture and traditions of the Aynu people – the indigenous inhabitants of Hokkaido.

The village even has a traditional style food store. It is a living, breathing example of how the Aynu’s way of life is tied into the natural surroundings.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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