Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Abashiri

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The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples (北海道立北方民族博物館, Hokkaidō-ritsu Hoppō Minzoku Hakubutsukan) opened in Abashiri, Hokkaidō, Japan in 1991. Dedicated to the various peoples of the North, across Eurasia and the Americas, the collection includes items relating to the Sámi, Nanai, and Northwest Coast Indians, as well as the more local Okhotsk culture and Ainu.
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  • Easy to get to on the bus, this is a must see if you are in Abishiri. We were expecting the museum to focus exclusively on the Ainu, but it covers so much more than that with information about all...  more »
  • It’s a beautiful museum, sitting atop a picturesque hill. I went in winter and it was so pretty all covered in soft powder. So easy to get to with the same bus that takes you to the MS Aurora port...  more »
  • Well organized collection with a self guided audio tour. The audio is available in several languages and is of just the right length to be interesting without droning on . The display examines the life and culture of several different indigenous peoples around the world and how that relates to their prosperity in cold climates. My only criticism would be that little of the actual displays, other than titles, is available in English.
  • Excellent exhibitions, prepare to spend at least 2 hours there. Lots to explore.
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