Hokkaido Ainu Center


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Hokkaido Ainu Center

The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan and Russia, speaking Ainu language. This centre traces the distinctive history and culture of the island's indigenous people to deepen the historical recognition of these people and preserve their culture for generations to come.

Do & See

One of the last areas of Japan to be colonised, it once was the domain of the “Ainu", an indigenous tribe with a distinct culture, whose history is on display in one of the city’s museums today. Adorned by parks and forests, complete with wildlife, it is a colourful, progressive, and energetic city that attracts the adventurous traveller. The legacy of Sapporo's vivid past is perceivable through various historical buildings. Historic landmarks include the former Hokkaidō government office building, the Sapporo Clock Tower, the Hokkaidō Shrine and the Sapporo TV Tower. Having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and as venue for the Sapporo Snow Festival, the city is also famous for winter sports. However, food and arts lovers will enjoy themselves here as well. Sapporo Brewery and Shiroi Koibito Park, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, and Sapporo Artpark are popular sights, too.