Akanko Ainu Kotan

  • Akanko Ainu Kotan

What is the Akanko Ainu Kotan?

The Lake Akan Ainu Kotan is an Ainu kotan (settlement) inhabited by about 120 people in 36 residences. As a point of production and sale of traditional crafts which are among Hokkaido's best-known souvenirs, the Ainu Kotan has been delighting visitors for many years. In particular, master artisans create intricate wood carvings of bears, birds, humans, and the like, which are highly sought around the world as original Ainu art. Another important heritage passed down from our ancestors is the traditional Ainu dance, which is Hokkaido's only designated important intangible cultural heritage of Japan. As an initiative to create new cultural assets, the Ainu Kotan has dramatized renowned 'yukar' oral epic sagas, which have been presented to great acclaim throughout Japan and around the globe at venues including the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

  • Akanko Ainu Kotan
  • Akanko Ainu Kotan
  • Akanko Ainu Kotan

Map of Akanko Ainu Kotan

Map of Akanko Ainu Kotan