Visitor Information

Opening Hours

April 24 – July 19, 2020 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays, 9:00am to 8:00pm on weekends and national holidays
July 20 – August 31, 20209:00am to 8:00pm
September 1 – October 31, 20209:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays, 9:00am to 8:00pm on weekends and national holidays
November 1, 2020 – March 31, 20219:00am to 5:00pm


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.

By air

Tokyo ▶ New Chitose Airport

Approx. 1 hr. 40 min.

Osaka ▶ New Chitose Airport

Approx. 2 hrs.

From major transport hubs in Hokkaido


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

New Chitose Airport

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


Ōnumakōen Interchange:
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.

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.