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Iwate Prefecture.
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Name in Japanese
Kitakami City Museum
14-59 Tachibana, Kitakami-city, Iwate Pref., 024-0043

Collections of human and natural science and folk art of the region are exhibited. The museum also contains an outdoor museum, literature of the Date family(feudal lords of the region), as well as dwellings of the Jomon period and other ancient architecture shown in their original state can be found on the 1.75 acre site.

Open: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Monday and New Year's Holiday.

Name in Japanese
Iwate Handicraft Museum
64-102 Oirino, Aza, Tsunagi, Morioka-city, Iwate Pref., 020-0055

The museum's collection highlights the handicrafts, folk art, food and literature of the region. Notable works include Nanbu iron kettles, Nanbu senbei, furniture, pottery, bamboo craft, straw craft, dyeing, wooden toys, and regional sweets. These are all made craftsman at the museum and many can be seen at work. There are souvenir shops selling these traditional goods as well as exhibition spaces of works and tools related to folk art. Workshops are also available.

Open: 8:40 - 17:00
Closed: New Year's Holiday. (Dec.29 to Jan.3)

Name in Japanese
10 Sainoshin, Aza, Kagano, Morioka-city, Iwate Pref., 020-0807

The lifestyle and aesthetics of common people are the main themes of the museum. Sculpture, ancient pottery and porcelain, folk art, furniture, as well as fine art of regional artists are exhibited. An old Nanbu style house was renovated into the museum.

Open: 10:00-17:00
Closed: New Year's Holiday. (Dec.29 to Jan.3)

Name in Japanese
Rikuzentakata City Museum
61-1 Sunahata, Aza, Takata-cho, Rikuzentakata-city, Iwate Pref., 029-2205

The main focus of this museum's collection is the literature and works of regional culture, lifestyle, and local industry from the stone age to the present. Being shown in segments, and with the help of recordings, enhances understanding the exhibition better. Ancient pottery and earthenware and stone implements found at the Kaizuka ruins are also on exhibit. A replica of a meteorite is on display as well.

Open: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Monday, Holidays, and from Dec.29 to Jan.3.

Name in Japanese
Ninohe Historical Folk Art Museum
80-1 Nagamine, Fukuoka Aza, Ninohe-city, Iwate Pref., 028-6101

Ninohe Historical Folk Art Museum was established in 1975. The collection includes fossil, earthenware, stoneware, ancient writings, everyday life house holds, as well as archaeological literature are mainly on display.

Open: 9:00 - 16:30, (*9:00-11:30 on Saturday)
Closed:Monday and New Year's Holiday(Dec.28-Jan.4), please call for further details.

Name in Japanese
Shizukuishi Historical Folk Art Museum
39-7 Haseike, Dai 15 Chiwari, Nishiani, Shizukuishi-machi, Iwate-gun, Iwate Pref., 020-0572

Shizukuishi Historical Folk Art Museum was established in 1974. The collection includes earthenware, stoneware, ancient writings, everyday life house holds, as well as farming equipment of the region are on display. There are also ancient style house of Jomon period and a water mill cabin in the same site.

Open: 9:00 - 16:30
Closed:Thursday and New Year's Holiday, please call for further details.

Name in Japanese
The Asian Folk Art Museum
Higatai, Noda-mura, Kunohe-gun, Iwate Pref., 028-8200

The Asian Folk Art Museum was established in 1986 to preserve the Asian culture and its tradition. The collection includes everyday life house holds, such as earthenware, pottery and porcelain, lacquer ware, furniture, paintings, sculpture, literature, dyeing weavings and folk costume of Asian countries are on display. Replicated old Nanbu style house of the region as well as ancient style house of Thailand are shown in the same site. The exhibition is usually shown by rotation, which is changed annually.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00
Closed:Monday, New Year's Holiday(Dec.29-Jan.3), and Jan.16-Mar.15, please call for further details.


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