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Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, Kushiro
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Experience the rich culture of the indigenous Hokkaido peoples at Lake Akan Ainu Kotan. This area of town boasts 30 craft shops, each selling its own original goods, such as wood carvings, accessories, and embroidered fabric. You'll also get a chance to enjoy some live performance at the theater, where year-round performances feature traditional folk instruments and dance. From October to the end of December, the Iomante Fire Ceremony features song, dance, and bonfires, as the people send off the spirit of a bear to the land of divine beings. Put Lake Akan Ainu Kotan into our Kushiro travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kushiro.
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  • During our ten days in Hokkaido we only got rare glimpses into Ainu culture. This village is very much commercially based but essentially all such tourist destinations in Japan are the same. We visite...  more »
  • I'm not into cultural history so it did not have much interest to me. The only part I enjoyed was the disk thowing. 
  • The evening show we attended was informative, but quite short. They did singing, clapping and dancing. When we came outside the theatre they lit torches down the street.