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Wander through History

Local Museum and Archives

資料館・郷土館

Learn the history and culture of Kiso

Learn of the history, culture, and lifestyle of Kiso through easy to understand displays at the museum and homestead, including material relating to figures with deep ties to Kiso, such as Yoshinaka Kiso and Toson Shimazaki.

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A Nagano Prefectural Treasure, the Yamashita Residence and Kaida Archeological Museum

山下住宅
開田考古博物館
Address 2730-5, Kaidakogennishino, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries the Yamashita Residence
Tel: 0264-44-2007
Opening periods April - November
Business hours 9:00~16:30
Closed days Mondays (Tuesdays, when Monday is a national holiday)
Fee Adult \400 Children \200  (including the Archeological Museum)
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Introduction The Yamashita family’s residence was constructed in the late Edo Period and has been designated as a treasure of Nagano Prefecture, to be preserved in close to its original state. Uncommonly for mountain villages, the building features lavish decorative architecture. Preserved features such as the sunken hearth, and calligraphy in the tatami rooms, remind us of days gone by.
Mitake

Edo Imari Porcelain & Ukiyo-e Exhibition Hall (within Kanose Onsen)

江戸伊万里・浮世絵展示館
Address 1-8, Mitakesetonobara, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Kanose Onsen Tel: 0264-46-2034
Opening periods Enquiries required
Business hours  
Closed days Irregular holidays
Fee No charge
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Introduction A private collection of more than 300 pieces of porcelain and displaying 20 Ukiyo-e woodblock prints at any given time.
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Kiso Tourism & Culture Center

木曽観光文化会館
Address 5270-1, Fukushimauenodan, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-22-4172
Opening periods April - November
Business hours 8:30~17:00
Closed days 7 days a week during the tourism season
Fee No charge
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Introduction Exhibitions introducing Kiso dance and other traditional events.
Kiso Fukushima

Kiso Local Hall

木曽郷土館
Address 5814-1, Fukushima, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-22-2239
Opening periods April - November
Business hours 9:00~17:00
Closed days Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and during winter (enquiries required)
Fee \100
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Introduction Exhibition on Toson Shimazaki, including a collection of his first editions.
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Takase Museum

高瀬資料館
Address 4788, Fukushimasekimachi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-22-2802
Opening periods All year
Business hours 8:30~17:00
Closed days Irregular holidays
Fee Adult \200 Children \100
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Introduction The great writer, Toson Shimazaki is well known for novels such as “Before the Dawn”. This is the house that his sister married into, becoming the model for the old family in his novel “House”. Documents and objects relating to Toson Shimazaki are exhibited.
Kiso Fukushima

Fukushima Checkpoint Museum

福島関所資料館
Address 4748−1, Fukushimasekimachi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-23-2595
Opening periods All year
Business hours 8:30~16:30
Closed days Tuesdays during Dec. thru Mar. (Wednesday when Tuesday is a national holiday), Year-end / New-year holidays
Fee Adult \300 Children \150
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Introduction The Fukushima post town was established by the Edo Shogunate for the defense of the capital, Edo. It is one of Japan’s 4 major checkpoints, alongside the Hakone & Arai checkpoints on the Tokaido Road, and the Usui checkpoint, also on the Nakasendo Road. Founded 270 years ago on a hill overlooking the Kiso River, the checkpoint’s strategic placement on the Nakasendo Road allowed the Shogunate to severely restrict the influx of weaponry to the capital. Now restored as a museum, objects such as tools that narrate the town’s history are exhibited.
Kiso Fukushima

Former Yamamura Local Magistrates Residence

山村代官屋敷
Address 5808-1, Fukushimaotemachi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-22-3003
Opening periods All year
Business hours 8:30~16:30
Closed days Thursdays during Dec. thru Mar. (Friday when Thursday is a national holiday), Year-end / New-year holidays
Fee Adult \300 Children \150
Website  
Introduction The remains of the residence that once housed generations of the Yamamura family, who were the local magistrates, along with the head of the checkpoint guard. Visitors can get a feeling for the frugal, but elegant lifestyle. Highlights include various ancestral artifacts and the garden designed in harmony with the landscape of Mt. Kisokomagatake.
Within the building are exhibited replicas of sumptuous banquets, with foods that would usually have been unimaginable in such a remote mountain village. There is also a shrine to “Omassha-sama”, a minor guardian deity said to watch over Kiso.
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Kozenji Temple Treasure Hall

興禅寺宝物殿
Address 5659, Fukushimamonzen, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-22-2428
Opening periods  
Business hours 8:30~16:30
Closed days 7 days a week (only garden in winter)
Fee Adult \500 Children \300
Adult \300 in winter
Website  
Introduction A collection of the Yamamura family’s furniture and treasured Buddhist writings are put on public display. From April to mid-November the treasure hall and 4 gardens are open to the public. From late-November until the end of March, only 2 gardens are open.
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Kiso Culture Gallery

木曽路文化ギャラリー
Address 5052-I, Fukushimakanmachi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Kishiro Tel: 0264-22-4800
Opening periods All year
Business hours 10:00~18:00
Closed days Tuesdays
Fee No charge
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Introduction Located next to the “Kishiro” confectioners, the gallery can be used as a free rest area. Traditional crafts and other exhibitions are held at irregular intervals.
Hiyoshi

Yoshinaka Museum

義仲館
Address 290-1, Hiyoshikanmachi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-26-2035
Opening periods All year
Business hours 9:00~17:00
Closed days Mondays (Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday), Year-end / New-year holidays
Fee Adult \300
Junior High School & younger: No charge
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Introduction Paintings and life-size mannequins relating to the life of Yoshinaka Kiso are exhibited.
Hiyoshi

Senko Regional Museum (on the Tokuonji Temple grounds)

宣公郷土館
Address 124, Hiyoshi, Kiso, Nagano
Enquiries Tel: 0264-26-2520
Opening periods  
Business hours  
Closed days 7 days a week
Fee optional donation
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Introduction Memorabilia relating to Yoshinaka Kiso is exhibited alongside surviving cultural assets from Miyanokoshi post town.

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5084 Fukushima, Kiso, Kiso District, Nagano Prefecturen 397-0001
Phone:0264-22-4000

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