Ainu Culture Promotion Center: Sapporo Pirka Kotan in Jozankei, Sapporo

Sapporo Pirika Cotan
This place is written as [アイヌ文化センター サッポロピリカコタン] in Japanese.

The Ainu Culture Promotion Center, Sapporo Pirka Kotan (アイヌ文化センター サッポロピリカコタン), is a museum dedicated to understanding Ainu culture in Hokkaido. “Pirka” means “beautiful” in Ainu, and “Kotan” means village. Pirka Kotan is indeed a beautiful village.

Sapporo Pirika Cotan
Ainu’s house is called ‘Chise’.

The Ainu culture, lacking a written language, has preserved its heritage through crafts, art, clothing, and architecture, particularly their rich oral literature passed down through generations. These oral traditions, conveyed in the melodious Ainu language, encompass beautiful stories and narratives. At the Ainu Culture Promotion Center, visitors can explore various facilities including traditional boats and houses constructed in their unique architectural style, offering a glimpse into their daily lives. Additionally, the museum showcases Ainu arts, making it a compelling destination for cultural exploration.

Access

  • Take a Jotetsu Bus(Jozankei line Kaisoku No.7, 8 to Koganeyu. It takes 60min. Walk 6min.
  • Take a Jotetsu Bus(No.12) to Koganeyu. It takes 60min. Walk 6min.

Open

  • 8:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for Exhibition Room)
Sapporo Pirika Cotan
wooden boat by Ainu

Closed

  • Monday
  • National holidays
  • New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.3)
  • Every last Tuesday in the month
Sapporo Pirika Cotan
A small log-house called ‘Hepelesse’, where Ainu keep some small bears.

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Around Ainu Culture Promotion Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)

  • Kogane-yu Hot Spa: In front of Sapporo Pirka Kotan. a nice hot spa.
  • Matsuno-yu Hot Spa: Left side of Kogane-yu Hot Spa. a nice hot spa.

 

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