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Tono Municipal Museum (遠野市立博物館)

 0198622340  Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Higashidatechou 3-9

This is Japan’s first museum of folklore which was established in 1980. It introduces the lifestyle of the people of Tono as well as nature, history and culture. The lifestyle of Tono that was cultivated in a valley is displayed in easy-to-understand formats that include documents and photos. In the multi-screen theater visitors can enjoy films with the theme of “Tono Monogatari” (Tono story) and folklore, and the animated film “Shigeru Mizuki’s Tono Monogatari.”


9:00-17:00 (entrance reception until 16:30)
Monday at the end Sunday ※ Open for Sunday Public holiday
[Nov.-Mar.] Monday/Monday Sunday * Open for Sunday Public holiday
[Special Closed] Nov.24-30 Sunday/Jan.28-31 Sunday, New Year's Holiday
[Admission fee] General 300 yen, High School Students or less 150 yen
Parking Lot
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Review of Tono Municipal Museum

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Reviewed:2017/06/06 Tohno Municipal Museum at the Foot of a Hill
This is a neat museum at the foot of a small hill where they used to have a local castle (Nabekura Castle). Of the same modern building, the lower section is the municipal library and the upper...
Reviewed:2016/10/13 Beautiful artwork and History inside
We went here first thing in the morning. It is cheap entry $3. There is an English Map to follow since the signs are in Japanese. The staff is very friendly and try to help, despite the language...
Reviewed:2015/11/14 Don't be deceived - this is a great museum.
While being on the 3rd floor of the municipal library, don't be deceived - this museum is as modern as they come and tell a wonderful story of the Tono Monogatari, the traditional way of life in Tono...
Reviewed:2015/11/14 Highly Modern and interactive museum.
This museum was recently refurbished and has many interactive exhibits. You can get a good feel for the history of the town and traditional family living.

There is more English in this museum than...
Reviewed:2015/07/08 Great place to learn about the origins of Tohno.
The students that I took loved learning about the origins of Tono and about the cultural shifts from the mountains to the villages and to becoming a city. It is adjacent to Aeria Tono Hotel. You...

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