Takinoue City Museum

Opening Hours9:30 - 16:30
ClosedMondays, Tuesdays
Winter (November 1 to April 30)
NotesExhibits information in Japanese
Location /
Getting There
5 minute drive past Takinoue city Across from Takinoue Valley Hotel
Motomachi, Takinoue, Monbetsu District, Hokkaido 099-5604

The local wildlife display

The Takinoue City Museum may not look much from the outside, but on the inside, its a hidden treasure trove of Japanese history, antiques, and large dioramas depicting early life in the Takinoue area. The first room has information and dioramas on the local wildlife. It also has information about life in the Hokkaido region from a hundred years ago, and the way people lived. It has clothing from that era, tools used, farming methods and a fantastic Meiji era living room. Although the information is Japanese in only, you can still thoroughly enjoy the exhibitions. There are also a lot of artifacts on the Ainu.

The days of old

There is another room at the back of the museum, that has an impressive collection of objects and artifacts from the decades past. Pick your way through pieces of history, and peruse at your leisure. Clothing, household items, banners, furniture and photographs can all be found here. The centerpiece of the room is a large vat that was used for brewing Japanese sake. This a truly fascinating room and if you like antiques, this is the place for you! To the side of the building, there is an old steam train carriage with illustrations of trains from the past. While in Takinoue be sure to have a look at the Takinoue City Museum, not only is it very cheap, it’s an interesting place to visit!