Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Museum, Asahikawa

This place is written as [川村カ子トアイヌ記念館] in Japanese.

Kawamura kaneto Ainu Museum is a private museum for Ainu culture since 1916. This is the oldest and historical museum about Ainu. You can deeply understand Ainu culture to visit here. This is the place where real Ainu culture is alive and tell people what Ainu culture is. This is worth visiting and something special you feel.


  • 9:00 – 17:00
  • July,August 9:00 – 18:00
  • 0166-51-2461


  • Take a Asahikawa Denki Kido bus, no.24(旭川電気軌道バス) at 1-8 bus stop/Court Hotel via Kitamoncho 21 chome yuki(北門町21丁目行き) to Ainu Museum(アイヌ記念館).

Admission Fee

  • Adult: 500 yen
  • high school/junior high schoo: 400 yen
  • elementary school: 300 yen


There are many Ainu craft products from old to new. Below, Ainu wooden crafts by Bikki Sunagawa, a famous Ainu sculptor.

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Kaneto Kawamura dedicated his life to work as a registered surveyor in Asahikawa. His equipments are also exhibited in the corner of the museum.



These are the arrows with which Ainu people use in their religious ceremony.


Chise, Ainu house is opened to public.


Inside Chise.


The museum shop is next to the museum.


 Craft shops are lined and you can buy Ainu crafts.


It takes about 12 minutes from JR Asahikawa station or 7 minutes from JR Chikabumi station by car. Express trains stop at Asahikawa station, so that you might take a taxi at Asahikawa station.

By bus, take a Asahikawa Denki Kido bus No.24(旭川電気軌道バス) at 1-8 bus stop/Court Hotel via Kitamoncho 21 chome yuki(北門町21丁目行き) to Ainu Museum(アイヌ記念館).