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Kamikawa Ainu in Coexistence with Kamuy
– Traditional World of the Gods at the Foot of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range –

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The indigenous Ainu of Kamikawa reside at the foot of the magnificent yet severe environment of Mt. Daisetsu on the island of Hokkaido. The Kamikawa Ainu possess an ancient legend passed down through generations that tells the story of Majin, the evil god, who battles Eiyushin, the heroic god. The battle took place in a mountainous ravine where the roaring rapids beat against the fantastically shaped river rocks. This is a sacred area for the Kamikawa Ainu and worshipped as an abode of the gods. They continue to pray here, having created ‘kotan’, permanent villages that have buildings thatched with bamboo (kumazasa). For the Kamikawa Ainu, the river is a divine force that flows upstream to the mountain where the source of the river emerges from Mt. Daisetsu; the place closest to the world of the spirits. This area provides them with the blessings of nature and is worshipped as Kamuy Mintara, the garden playground of the gods. Even today, the Kamikawa Ainu inhabit this land and coexist with the gods, traditions passed down through generations amidst the heart of their ancient culture.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Kamikawa-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station-JR Kamikawa Station (40 minutes by Limited Express)
  • Car
    • Sapporo Station-Kamikawacho city area (high-speed use 2 hours 30 minutes)
    • JR Asahikawa Station-Kamikawacho city area (1 hour)
    • Kamikawa Town city area-Sounkyo hot spring hot spring area (30 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (1 hour 45 minutes)
Asahikawa-shi
  • Railway
    • JR Sapporo Station-JR Asahikawa Station (1 hour 25 minutes by limited express)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport
    • Chubu International Airport Centrair-Asahikawa Airport
    • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport-Asahikawa Airport (March 27-Oct. 27) *Taoyuan is the schedule for fiscal 2018
  • Express Bus
    • Sapporo Station Terminal-Hokkaido Central Bus Asahikawa Terminal

Furano-shi
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station-JR Furano Station (70 minutes)
  • Car
    • Asahikawa (National highway 237)-Furano (80 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (Route Bus)-JR Asahikawa Station
  • Express Bus
    • Sapporo (Doo Expressway)-Takigawa-Furano (150 minutes)

Aibetsu-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station (Sekihoku Main Line)-JR Aibetsu Station (about 45 minutes)
  • Car
    • Asahikawa Airport-Aibetsu Town (45 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (Asahikawa Airport Bus)-JR Asahikawa Station
  • Bus
    • Dohoku Bus Asahikawa Station (Kamikawa / Sounkyo Line)-Aibetsu Bridge (50 minutes)
    • Dohoku Bus Asahikawa Station (Nario, Aibetsu, Hibu Line)-Aibetsu Ekimae (65 minutes)
    • Dohoku Bus Asahikawa Station (Aibetsu Line (through Nagayama))-Aibetsu Bridge Mae (60 minutes)
Kamishihoro-cho
  • Car
    • Obihiro Airport-Kamishihorocho (80 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Obihiro Airport
Kamifurano-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station-JR Kamifurano Station
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport
Shikaoi-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Sapporo Station-JR Shintoku Station (2 hours by limited express)
    • JR Shin Chitose Station-JR Shintoku Station (1 hour 30 minutes by limited express)
  • Car
    • Tokachi Obihiro Airport-Shikaoi city (1 hour by car)
    • JR Shintoku Station-Shikaoi city (20 minutes by car)
    • New Chitose Airport-Shikaoi city (2 hours by car)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Tokachi Obihiro Airport (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Scheduled Bus
    • Tokachi Obihiro Airport-Shikaoi city (2 hours)
    • JR Shintoku Station-Shikaoi city (30 minutes)
    • JR Obihiro Station-Shikaoi city (60 minutes)
    • To Shikaribetsu Lake is 30 minutes by car from Shikaoi Town and 40 minutes by local bus. Please note that there are not many public transport flights.
Shihoro-cho
  • Car
    • Obihiro Airport-Shihoro Town Hall (70 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Obihiro Airport (shuttle bus)-Obihiro Station (route bus)-Shihoro waiting area (3 hours 10 minutes)
Shintoku-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Obihiro Station-JR Shintoku Station (1 hour)
    • JR Sapporo Station-JR Shintoku Station (2 hours)
  • Car
    • Sapporo City (Doo Expressway, Doto Expressway)-Tokachi Shimizu IC
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport/Narita Airport-New Chitose Airport-JR Minami Chitose Station-JR Shintoku Station
    • Haneda Airport/Narita Airport-New Chitose Airport (Doto Expressway)-Tokachi Shimizu IC
    • Haneda Airport-Obihiro Airport (bus, car rental, etc.)
Toma-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station-JR Toma Station (about 30 minutes)
  • Car
    • JR Asahikawa Station-Tomacho ( 30 minutes)
    • Asahikawa Airport-Tomacho ( 30 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (1 hour 30 minutes)
Higashikawa-cho
  • Car
    • JR Asahikawa Station-Higashikawacho city area (40 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (1 hour 30 minutes)
Pippu-cho
  • Railway
    • JR Asahikawa Station-JR Pippu Station (30 minutes)
  • Car
    • Asahikawa city-Pippu city (40 minutes)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport-Asahikawa Airport (1 hour 30 minutes)-Asahikawa Airport (bus 50 minutes)-Asahikawa Station (car 40 minutes)-Pippu city
  • Scheduled Bus
    • Asahikawa Station-Hibi (50 minutes)

CONTACT

  • Kamikawa Town Planning General Affairs Division Planning Group
  • TEL:01658-2-4063
  • Asahikawa City Board of Education Corporate Education Department Social Education Division
  • TEL:0166-25-7190
  • Furano City Board of Education Lifelong Learning Center
  • TEL:0167-42-2407
  • Aibetsu-cho General Affairs Planning Division Policy Planning Office
  • TEL:01658-6-5111(218)
  • Kamishihoro-cho Board of Education Lifelong Learning Division
  • TEL:01564-2-3024
  • Kamifurano Town Education Promotion Section Social Education Group
  • TEL:0167-45-5511
  • Shikaoi-cho Board of Education Social Education Division Library Section
  • TEL:0156-69-7170
  • Shihoro Town Board of Education Education Division Social Education Group
  • TEL:01564-5-4733
  • Shintoku Town Tourism Association
  • TEL:01564-5-4733
  • Shintoku Town Board of Education Social Education Section Social Education Section
  • TEL:0156-64-0532
  • Toma Town Development Promotion Section
  • TEL:0166-84-2111
  • Higashikawa Town Culture and Recreation Division
  • TEL:0166-82-4245
  • Person in Charge of Lifelong Learning Section Social Education in Hibi-cho Board of Education
  • TEL:0166-85-2262

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Kamikawa Ainu in Coexistence with Kamuy

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