Kitami Takinoshima Station Museum
|Opening Hours||10:00 - 16:00 Old Kitami Station
8:30 - 22:00 Takinoue Culture Center
|Closed||Winter (November to April) - Museum|
|Contact||0158-29-3735 (cultural center)|
Part of the cultural center
|Located next to the Takinoue Cultural Center
Sakaemachi, Takinoue, Monbetsu District, Hokkaido 099-5605
Even though Takinoue doesn’t have a train station, they do have a small museum dedicated to train memorabilia known as the ‘Old Kitami Takinoshi Station’. Opened in 1990, it’s an interesting place with plenty of exhibits with information about the station, and over three hundred items from the train stations of old. All the signs are in Japanese but you can still enjoy these items from over fifty years ago. The train museum is located right next to the Takinoue Cultur Center so it’s easy to find. Just look for the small blue train engine on the tracks.
The Takinoue Culture Center is located only a few minutes drive from the center of town. The culture center is used in Takinoue for events and for concerts that are held monthly. Apart from the stage area that is on the second floor, there is the Takinoue Library on the first floor. There are lounges and a tea area and restrooms. It is also here you can find information on local events and festivals. There is plenty of parking and also a bus stop so access is easy. If you have some time, and are interested in a bit of history (and trains), then the Old Kitami Takinoshi Station is a cheap and quick sightseeing spot.