Kamuy-Kotan is where the Ishikari River the most rapid: the width of the river suddenly narrows and the flow of the river becomes intense. The water is deep and its deepest spot can reach 70m.
A lot of Ainu had accidents here, when travelling or transporting goods. The Ainu thought of these happenings as a mischief of Nitnekamuy (meaning « Bad God »), living is the gorge.
This is also why this Ainu village was called Kamuy-Kotan, the village where (the Bad) God lives.
In Golden Kamuy, Kamuy-kotan is where Toshizo Hijikata cuts a suspension bridge and drops Shiraishi, the King of Jailbreak, into the river to prevent him from being taken to the 7th Division. After that, Kiroranke saved him with a wooden boat.
The current Kamuy Oobashi Bridge is not a suspension bridge, so it cannot be cut off with a sword.
However, there is a signboard saying that more than 100 people cannot cross at once.
This is the Ishikari River where the Jailbreak King Shiraishi fell.
From now on, the banks of the Ishikari River will be vividly colored with autumn leaves, and you will be able to enjoy the best scenery.
Location: Kamuikotan, Kamui-cho, Asahikawa
Parking lot: Yes
The old Asahikawa Kaikosha clubhouse (Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture in Honor of Teijiro Nakahara)
"The old Asahikawa Kaikosha clubhouse" is a beautiful white building built in 1905 as a social gathering place for the officers of the 7th Division. It is now designated an important cultural property by the country.
In the chapter 50 of the 6th volume of Golden Kamuy, it will quickly appear in the background of the frame say « There are the headquarters of the 7th Division in Asahikawa".
Once called Asahikawa Folk Museum, The old Asahikawa Kaikosha clubhouse became the Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture in Honor of Teijiro Nakahara to honour a modern sculptor associated with Asahikawa.
Name: Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture in Honor of Teijiro Nakahara
Location: Asahikawa-shi Shunkō 5-jō 7-chōme
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed days: Mondays (the next day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Parking lot: Yes
The Hokuchin Memorial Museum
The "Hokuchin Memorial Museum" is a facility where materials and documents from the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, which had been set up in Asahikawa for 50 years from 1897 to 1945, are exhibited.
You can enter the museum for free, and the Japanese Self-Defence Force personnel in charge will explain the exhibits and its history.
As soon as you enter the hall, you will see the authors autograph!
It's a coveted thing for Golden Kamuy fans, isn't it?
The items on display are the Arisaka Type 38 rifle, Murata rifle, military uniform, seal skis (ski made with seal skin), etc… A lot of items appearing in Golden Kamuy are exposed here.
There is a cosplay corner where you can take a commemorative photo in the costume shown in the picture.
The exposition is currently temporarily closed due to the coronavirus so you can't cosplay, but you can always take a commemorative photo with Sugimoto and Asiripa in front of the photo of the old Asahikawa Kaikosha clubhouse.
Name: Hokuchin Memorial Museum
Location: Asahikawa-shi Shunkō-chō Kokuyūmubanchi
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (November to March 9:30 to 16:00)
Closed days: Monday (the next day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Parking lot: Yes
With the appearance of Asirpa, the young Ainu girl, the Ainu culture drew many people’s attention.
Shiraoi, In Hokkaido, even opened a National Ainu Museum called Upopoy.
If you are doing a Golden Kamuy pilgrimage those places are a must-see! You will surely learn more about the series world.
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Translated from Tora's article.