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Tono Municipal Museum (遠野市立博物館)


Museum / Science Museum

Established in 1980, this museum is the first of its kind in Japan. It is a museum introducing the folklore and folk culture of the Tono peoples' lifestyle, environment, history, and culture. The life of the Tono people in the Tono basin valley is displayed in an easy to understand manner through documents and photographs. One can enjoy viewing the Tono Story, the picture works based on local folklore and topics, and the animated film ''Shigeru Mizuki's Tono Story.''


Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Higashidatechou 3-9 (Hanamaki / Kitakami / TonoArea)

phone 0198622340

9:00-17:00(Latest entry16:30)

Review of Tono Municipal Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/15 Great little museum.
This is of surprisingly high standard for a municipal museum. The 500 yen admission fee includes the loan of an audio visual device which provides a commentary in English. The displays are well...
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...

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Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Higashidatechou 3-9 [map]
Hanamaki / Kitakami / TonoArea
9:00-17:00(Latest entry16:30)
Monday end Sunday (open for Sunday Public holiday)
[Nov.--Mar.] Monday, Monday end Sunday (open for Sunday Public holiday)
[Special closure] 11/24-30, 1/28-31, New Year's Holiday
[Admission fee] General310yen, High School Students Below 160yen
Parking Lot
Available (10spaces)
* If the car is full, go to the nearby citizen center parking lot (Charge)
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Available (Tono FREE Wi-Fi)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 26, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Iwate Areas


          A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region’s delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you’ll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.