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Imabari City Murakami Pirate Museum (今治市村上海賊ミュージアム)


Museum / Science Museum

This museum, located in Miyakubo Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, preserves and displays artifacts related to Noshima Murakami, one of the Murakami pirates who was called “Daimyo of the seas” and who controlled Setouchi during the Sengoku, or warring states, period. The museum displays important artifacts and related works on the Noshima Murakami clan, as well as old documents, reconstructed models, and pieces unearthed during excavations. The restored Japanese armor and battle surcoat (a sleeveless campaign jacket worn over armor), said to have been actually worn, are must-see exhibits. The observation room with views overlooking the ruins of Noshima Castle, and the area where visitors can try on for themselves some armor and garments are also popular.


Ehime Imabari-shi Miyakubocho Miyakubo 1285 (Imabari / Shimanami KaidoArea)

phone 0897741065

9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)

Review of Murakami Suigun Museum

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Reviewed:2018/01/20 Very Nice surprise
I was on a tour so didnt plan on stopping here but is was so interesting. The artifacts of the museum was okay but the story and history of these pirates made the stop worthwhile. Especially if...
Reviewed:2017/08/20 Murakami Pirates
In the latter half of the Warring States Period, the Murakami Clan gained power with their bases on the Geiyo Archipelago in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea. xa0The Murakami Clan was composed of 3...
Reviewed:2015/01/01 Window into lesser-known part of Japans maritime past
This museum tells the history of the Murakami clans development from warlords who controlled the sea between Shikoku and Honshu to an organized navy and coast guard. Exhibits include replica armor...

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Ehime Imabari-shi Miyakubocho Miyakubo 1285 [map]
Imabari / Shimanami KaidoArea
9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Monday (Next Weekday for Public holidays), 12/29-1/3
[Exhibition fee]
[General] 310yen (group 20 people or more, 250yen per person)
[Over 65] 250yen
[student] 160yen (group 20 people or more, 130yen per person)
[High School Students or less] Free
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Others (Available only for smoking corners at the south entrance)
Not available
English Menu
Available (Exhibition commentary in the hall, audio guide also supports some multilingual.)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 11, 2020 (Information as of May 8, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Ehime Areas


          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country’s oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.