Anytime, Ainutime! Cultural Guides
The Ainu believe that life is possible through the blessings we receive from everything that surrounds us, including the forests, rivers, and lakes, as well as family and friends. That is why they always respect nature, value their possessions, and interact with others with a caring heart.
Anytime, Ainutime! offers tour programs led by Ainu guides (and Lake Akan Ainu Kotan residents) who share their culture on three different aspects: the forest, the lake, and craft-making. You can experience Ainu culture firsthand through traditional Ainu crafts or the Ainu way of life while enjoying the nature of Lake Akan.
By learning the Ainu way of life, you may fifi nd yourself suddenly wanting to thank someone in your life, or sharing more heartwarming moments with them. Through these tour programs, it is our hope that you will discover something that will enrich your life. We also sincerely hope that these life lessons from the Ainu will serve a purpose in your life, even after you return to your daily grind.
Experience Ainu culture through tour programs led by Ainu guides
tour 1: Forest Time (Forest Walk Short Course)
Feel the Spirit of the Ainu Living with the Forest
Visit a forest that has sustained the lives of the Ainu. Learn their beliefs and listen to the sound of the mukkuri.more
tour 2: Lake Time (Forest Walk Long Course & Mukkuri Making)
See the Sights of the Lake Cherished by the Ainu
Make a musical instrument and take a walk inside a forest to see the magnificent scenery cherished by the Ainu.more
tour 3A: Craft Time (Embroidery Making)
Enrich your Spirit through Ainu Embroidery
Discover the joy of needlework and the spirit of the Ainu through Ainu embroidery passed down through generations.more
tour 3B: Craft Time (Wood Carving)
Feel the Wood and the Craftsmanship of the Ainu
Experience the art of wood carving and create your very own item carved with an Ainu pattern.more
tour 4: Cooking Time – Ainu Cuisine Cooking Lesson
Experience Ainu food culture and learn the value of life and nature
Experience making Ainu cuisine and learn about living in harmony with nature through your five senses.more
Food Time (Option)
Savor the blessings of nature through Ainu cuisine
Passed down through generations, Ainu cuisine makes use of the blessings of the lakes and mountains.more
Premium Half-Day Plan
Experience Ainu Culture together with Ainu Guides!
Get a deeper understanding of Ainu culture by experiencing it from various aspects. Features a forest walk, wood carving, Ainu cuisine, and a kamuy-nomi prayer experience.more
Meet the Ainu guides who will accompany you on your journey
He works to convey the real culture and traditions of the Ainu, making use of the knowledge he gained from overseas observation tours and cultural exchanges with other indigenous groups.
He has sought to learn more about Ainu culture since his childhood. He aims to share the wisdom of the Ainu through his work in cultural preservation, wood carvings, and management of a cafe.
A wood carver who strives to steadily improve his techniques. He also makes use of his English proficiency to work as a cultural guide, conveying the charms of Lake Akan to visitors.
Her fascination with Ainu patterns led her to pursue embroidery. For her, embroidery is not about how well you can make it, but about putting your feelings into every stroke of the needle.