Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum (Former No. 90 Bank Head Office)

Housed in a quaint old building, get to know the great writers of Iwate and how they spent their youth

Morioka is the city where famous poet Takuboku Ishikawa and children’s story writer Kenji Miyazawa spent their youth. This museum is the place to learn about their works and history.

The brick-built building in a beautiful modern western architectural style exudes a nostalgic atmosphere. This building was once the head office of the No. 90 Bank and was completed in 1910. The architect was Tsutomu Yokohama, who went to the same junior-high school in Morioka as Takuboku and Kenji. The building is an early example of buildings in Japan that were constructed to reflect the European style of the late 19th century and is designated as an important cultural property.

When Takuboku and Kenji were young men Morioka was just starting to see its first western-style buildings and was transforming to become a modern town. Enjoy a moment here while giving a thought to the Morioka of that time, which was so loved by the two writers. The first floor is home to a permanent exhibition of first editions and other materials and the second-floor exhibition hall hosts special exhibitions and concerts. The large chronological panels that incorporate the stories of both men are particularly worth a look.

After looking round the museum, why not take a break at Café Akogare on the first floor? Relax in the retro surroundings while enjoying a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee.

General Information

Free entrance
Opening Times
10:00-18:00 (Last entry 17:30)
Closed the second Tuesday of every month and year-end/new year period (December 29 - January 3)
* If the second Tuesday of the month is a national holiday the museum will be open and will close the following day.
● By bus from Morioka Station
・Iwate-ken Kotsu DenDen Mushi (Morioka City Loop Bus) (About 12 minutes)
3 minutes on foot from Morioka Bus Center stop
・Iwate-ken Kotsu bound for ""Bus Center"" (About 25 minutes)
3 minutes on foot from Morioka Bus Center stop
・Iwate-ken Kotsu bound for ""Suidobashi"" (About 20 minutes)
Directly in front of ""Seishunkan-mae"" stop ● 10 minutes by taxi from Morioka Station
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