Michinoku Folklore Village
Michinoku Folklore Village is one of the many historical open-air museums found throughout Tohoku. It exhibits historical structures such as a pit structure house, a Samurai’s house, a merchant's house, and a Nanbu Magari house (in which a man and a horse live together). The museum depicts the lifestyles of local people who once lived along the Kitakami River.
Currently, there are twenty-nine traditional buildings which depict the Edo era up to the Taisho era. The buildings are divided and arranged into four zones according to their unique characteristics. There is also an old small hill which indicates the territorial border between Nanbu and Date and is designed as a National Historic Site.
the territorial border
The Pit dwelling (a replica from the Jomon period) is of original form. Hoshikawa's house (from the end of the Edo period) is a common style of Nanbu Magari house (a private house with stable connected to the main house). This house depicts the tender-hearted relationship between horse and owner.
the Pit House
Nanbu Magari house
The oldest house of all is Kanno's House, which became a nationally designated important cultural property in 1965, and illustrates what a typical private home used to look like in Iwate prefecture. Oizumi's House allows visitors to experience the traditional and unique construction style of a home of the samurai class. There is a traditional Japanese-style room and kitchen.
One can also enjoy beautiful views throughout the year.
cherry-blossom in spring
colored leaves in fall
icy pond and snow in winter
◆Map of Michinoku Folklore Village
[as of 2012]
See a larger image or Download → http://www.kitakami-kanko.jp/english/ftp/michinokuminzokumuramap.pdf
◆Information about the facilities
[as of 2012]
See a larger image or Download → http://www.kitakami-kanko.jp/english/ftp/michinokuminzokumurahouse.pdf
|Address||14-59 Tachibana Kitakami-shi 024-043|
|Tel||0197-64-1756 ( Kitakami City Museum )|
・Mondays between Dec. 1st and Mar. 31st.
( If the Monday is a holiday, it's open as usual, but the next day is closed instead.)
・From Dec. 28th to Jan. 4th.
・Adults : 500yen
・High School Students : 240yen
・Elementary and Junior High School Students : 170yen
・A group of more than 20 people : (Adults:400yen, High School Students:180yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students:120yen)
※You can also look around Kitakami City Museum with the admission fee of Michinoku Folklore Museum.
※An elementary or junior high school student in the city and an accompanying person are free on every Saturday.
※All elementary and junior high school students are free on Children's Day (Japanese National Holiday:May 5th.)
|Official website (Japanese)||http://www.city.kitakami.iwate.jp/sub03/shisetsu/shisetsu02/page_6790.html|
By a local bus
( from the west exit Kitakami station )
Get on the bound for 【Iwakuro・Kumazawa】 and get it off at 【Tenshochi】.
※The line Kumazawa deson't run on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
By a car
( from the Kitakami Ezuriko I.C. of Tohoku Expressway )
It takes about 16 min.
( As of October 2011)