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National Ainu Museum "UPOPOY" Opening

Friday, 29 May 2020
Lake Poroto, Hokkaido

"UPOPOY" - the Ainu phrase for "singing in a large group".

The UPOPOY National Ainu Museum in Shiraoi is set to open on May 29th, 2020. This museum will feature exhibits on ancient Ainu [the indigenous people of Hokkaido] traditions and culture, promote the revival and development of Ainu customs and celebrate the modern Ainu community.

The museum and outdoor park is set next to the tranquil Lake Poroto, so the space reflects the respect and reverance for the natural world that Ainu culture promotes. The National Ainu Museum will become the first national museum in Hokkaido and the northernmost national museum in Japan.

You can explore the exhibits, watch traditional performances, try Ainu-style cooking, create Ainu crafts and purchase unique items at the gift shop.

Additional Information

Opening Hours

May 29, 2020 to July 19, 2020 Weekdays 9:00-18:00 / Weekends and holidays 9:00-20:00
July 20, 2020 to August 31, 2020     9:00 - 20:00
September 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 Weekdays 9:00-18:00 / Weekends and holidays 9:00-20:00
November 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 9:00 - 17:00

Closed: Every Monday and public holiday (If the public holiday falls on a Monday, the following Tuesday will also be closed) and the New Year holidays (December 29th to January 3rd)


Adult 1,200JPY
High School Student 600JPY
Middle School students and younger FREE

*If you have more than 20 people, please inquire with the museum for group entry fees.


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You can download the information pamphlet for the National Ainu Museum below:

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