Akanko Ainu Kotan


Experiencing the Ainu culture with your entire body.

Autumn, Culture, Spring, Summer, Winter

In Akanko Onsen, Ainu Kotan, a community of Ainu people who are native to Hokkaido exists and people there pass down their Ainu culture to younger generations while selling folk handicrafts. At Lake Akan Ainu Theater, Ikor, shows Ainu traditional dance, which has been passed down by the ancestors, throughout the year. Ainu traditional dance is designated as Japan’s important intangible folk cultural asset as well as UNESCO’s international intangible cultural heritage. The dance of the Ainu people who respected nature and lived side by side with it has various expressional forms including the expressions of animals, nature and feelings. “Senbon Taimatsu (Thousand Torches)” which is an Ainu ritual of offering torches of appreciation to the fire God of Ainu, Ape Kamuy, and the northern land is held for two months in September and October.


Akanko Ainu Kotan

MAPCODE: 739 341 666*76?

Address: 4 Akancho Akanko onsen, Kushiro City

Tel: 0154-67-2727