SpotAkanko Ainu Kotan (The word Ainu means "human beings" and the word Kotan means "village" in Ainu language.)

Ainu people, who are indigenous people of Hokkaido, have lived in Hokkaido and also near Lake Akan since early times and there is an Ainu kotan in the spa town. This kotan is the largest kotan in Hokkaido. There are some 30 craft shops and each shop sells its original goods such as wood carvings of bear or owls, accessories, and embroidered fabric. Onnechise, meaning "huge house" in Ainu, is a theater in which traditional folk dances are performed throughout the year. An open-air event, Iomante Fire Ceremony, is held from October to the end of December, illuminated by fantastic bonfires.

Akanko Ainu Kotan (The word Ainu means "human beings" and the word Kotan means "village" in Ainu language.)

Access

Take a bus from JR Kushiro Sta. and get off at Akanko Onsen bus stop.

Address

4-7-84, Akanko onsen, Akan cho, Kushiro city, Hokkaido

住所

北海道釧路市阿寒町阿寒湖温泉4-7-84

TEL

0154-67-2727

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