Please note the museum has closed for renovation The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館) offers an interesting glimpse into the Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Hokkaido and nearby Russian areas. The Ainu people had, and still do have, a very different culture, religion and traditions to the rest of Japan, as well as a uniqueContinue reading “Shiraoi Ainu Museum”
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Otaru (小樽) is one of the main tourist hotspots in Hokkaido, well known all over Japan for its lovely, quiet canal. While there are plenty of tour buses and touristy shops, the town has a really laid-back feel and is definitely worth a visit. Budget travel Pick up a free map from the station beforeContinue reading “Otaru”
Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) is one of the best zoos in Japan. As would be expected from a zoo in Hokkaido, there are animals such as penguins, polar bears and seals. What makes the zoo extra special is the layout of some of the cages, which encourages the animals, such as monkeys, to jump around andContinue reading “Asahiyama Zoo”
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