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.
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
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.