Visitor Information

Alterations have been made to some facilities as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Refer to the page for each facility for more information.

Opening Hours

– March 2023

November 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 9:00〜17:00

Closed on Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 for New Year’s holidays (open on March 20, closed on the next business day when Monday is a holiday)

April 2023 – March 2024

April 1 – April 28, 2023 9:00am to 6:00pm
April 29 – May 7, 20239:00am to 8:00pm
May 8 – June 30, 2023
September 1 – September 30, 2023
9:00am to 6:00pm (weekdays),
9:00am to 8:00pm (weekends/national holidays)
July 1 – August 31, 2023 9:00am to 8:00pm
October 1 – October 31, 2023 9:00am to 6:00pm
November 1, 2023 – March 31, 20249:00am to 5:00pm

Closed on Mondays, from December 29 to January 3 and from February 20 to February 29
*When Monday is a holiday, open on Monday and closed on the next business day
*Open on May 1, July 10, August 14, September 19 and February 5


Mondays (closed on the next business day when Monday is a holiday). Closed from December 29 to January 3 for New Year’s holidays.


Entry to the museum is included with admission to Upopoy.

Refer to the Upopoy website for details.

An additional fee may be required to enter some areas, including the special exhibition.


The National Ainu Museum is located inside Upopoy.

National Ainu Museum
059-0902 1-2-3 Wakakusa-cho, Shiraoi Town, Shiraoi District, Hokkaido

MAPCODE: 545 194 852

To display the location, simply enter the code into a MAPCODE-enabled satellite navigation system.

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By air

Tokyo ▶ New Chitose Airport

Approx. 1 hr. 40 min.

Osaka ▶ New Chitose Airport

Approx. 2 hrs.

From major transport hubs in Hokkaido

New Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport Interchange:
Approx. 40 min. via expressway
JR New Chitose Airport Station:
Approx. 40 min. by limited express train


Sapporo-Kita Interchange:
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. via expressway
JR Sapporo Station:
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. by limited express train


Asahikawa Takasu Interchange:
Approx. 2 hr. 20 min. via expressway
JR Asahikawa Station:
Approx. 2 hr. 30 min. by limited express train


Approx. 2 hr. 50 min. via expressway
JR Hakodate Station:
Approx. 3 hr. by limited express train

The above travel times are estimates for reference purposes only and do not include transfer times.

Travelling to Upopoy by train

Refer to the Hokkaido Railway Company website for details.
Hokkaido Railway Company
* Discount tickets may be available

Walking to Upopoy

Upopoy is about a ten-minute walk (about 500m) from the North Exit of JR Shiraoi Station.

Please be careful of traffic, including moving vehicles around crosswalks and the entrance to Upopoy.

Driving to Upopoy

Arriving at Upopoy

Follow road signs for Upopoy to get from Route 36 or Route 86 to Parking 1 along the route indicated by the red arrows in the diagram above. To ensure the smooth flow of traffic, please enter the parking lot by turning left, turning right into the parking lot is not possible during peak traffic periods.
Visitors may be directed to Parking 2, located about 0.5 km from the Upopoy, in order to ease congestion or when Parking 1 is full during busy periods such as Golden Week. Please follow any directions from members of staff.

Leaving Upopoy

Please turn right after leaving Parking 1.
When leaving Parking 2, turn left, then turn right at the T-junction. Continue straight for about 2km to reach the intersection.

  • These routes are designed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and may differ from those suggested by satellite navigation systems.
  • Refrain from cutting in line, parking on the street, and from using parking areas of facilities other than Upopoy.

Parking availability

Check the page for each parking lot.