In the east of Hokkaido, on the shores of Lake Akan, Ainu Kotan is the village that over 120 indigenous Ainu still call home.
The Ainu are the native people of Hokkaido – mostly hunters and fishermen, they were the earliest settlers of Japan's northern-most region. At Ainu Kotan, guests can visit one of Japan's best-preserved ancient villages and discover the Ainu's indigenous culture through craft and tradition that has been passed down generations into the modern day.
With over 20 traditional craft shops, the village is famed for its woodcraft, accessories, decorations, more – including genuine pieces from world-famous woodcarvers and breath-taking Ainu patterned embroidery.
Plus, with the opportunity to hear ancient mukkuri and tonkori musical instruments, guests can watch the Ainu's unique songs and dances for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.