A­bout ­Abash­iri


The Culture of Abashiri

The History of Abashiri

The History of Abashiri

Over 10 thousand years ago the Jomon Era began, and people truly began making a living and developing culture during the Jomon Era, and then in the Satsumon Era. Then, approximately 300 years ago the Okhotsk culture was developed. In the year 1913 the Moyoro archaeological site was found and is known throughout the world as a significant archaeological site which unveils the Okhotsk culture. These hunters of the sea who came from the north were different from the Ainu and any other native group and came to be called "Moyoro People. " In present days a festival called "Moyoro Night Festival" which captures the traits of the Moyoro people is held, and through the festivities their culture and history can be felt and understood. The Okhotsk culture receded, and shifted into the era of Ainu culture.

Settlement of Japanese people in Abashiri becan at the end of the Edo period when Mr. Fujino, a merchant from Omi came and set up a fishing port. Following this event, many immigrants from Honshu began to pour into to Abashiri. Between 1890 and 1920, due to the construction of major access roads, the laying of railways and port maintenance the population began to increase drastically, thus laying the foundation of the cityscape you see today.

You can learn more about the details of history in Abashiri at the facilities listed below.

  • Abashiri City Museum
  • Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
  • Moyoro Shell Mound Museum

Abashiri, also known as a famous filming spot!

Abashiri, and the nature surrounding it, is a popular spot for filming and has appeared in many movies.

  • 1965-1972 The Abashiri Bangaichi Series
  • 1973 "Otoko Wa Tsurai Yo: Torajirō Wasurenagusa"
  • 1977 "The Yellow Handkerchief"
  • 1990 "Dreams"
  • 2002 "Inside the Jail"
  • 2003 "Spy Sorge"
  • 2006 "Little Fox Helen"
  • 2007 "Into the Faraway Sky"
  • 2008 "If You Are the One" (original tital in Chinese "Feicheng Wurao")
  • 2009 "Tropical Chef"
  • 2009 "Kenta and Jun and Kayo Chan's Kingdom"
  • 2010 "Daichi-No-Uta; The Story of Kosuke Tomeoka"