Toyoma is also called the ""Meiji Village of Miyagi."" That is because it is located in Miyagi Prefecture and because its streets remind us of the Meiji period (1868 to 1912).
A river runs through the center of the town with mountains to the east and a rich rural district extending out to the west. Buildings that remind us of the Meiji period are preserved in the town surrounded by natural scenery typical of the countryside. These include stylish Western-style buildings (e.g., the Education Museum and the Police Museum), the Mizusawa Prefecture Memorial Hall established at the time of the abolition of the feudal domains and the establishment of prefectures in Japan, and stately warehouse style stores. Moreover, if you go down the side streets, you will find samurai residences and other historic sites from the time of feudal domains in Japan remaining. These convey the vestiges of those times to the present day.
It is convenient to use the Toyama Tourism and Local Produce Center: Toyama no Sato as a base for sightseeing to see each museum. There is a tourist information center in the facility, so you can purchase tickets to each museum in the Meiji Village of Miyagi. You can also rent a multilingual voice sightseeing guide pen for free. This will allow you to listen to information on each tourist spot in Tome. Seven languages are available: in addition to Japanese, you can listen in English, Korean, Chinese, French, German and Spanish. We recommend renting a bicycle to tour around at the Mizusawa Prefecture Memorial Hall which is two minutes on foot from there.
You can enjoy an experience wearing stylish clothing at the Education Museum. You will wear Japanese clothing influenced by Western culture. You can then take a photograph in front of the retro building which blends Japanese and Western styles. That will be a great memento of your trp. This experience is offered on an irregular basis, so contact the facility in advance.
- Varies depending on the facility (There is also a ticket that gives admission to six facilities)
- Opening Times
- Museums: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Toyama no Sato: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- New Year's holiday period
- Approx. 4 minutes from Tome IC on the Sanriku Expressway
- Car Park
- Official Website
- Visit this website
- Toyoma Tourism and Local Produce Center: Toyama no Sato
- Telephone Number