Morioka History and Culture Museum

Get to know all about Morioka in just 1 hour! Combine a visit to the museum to the ruins of Morioka Castle

The distinctively designed building on the corner of Morioka Castle Ruins Park (Iwate Park) is the Morioka History and Culture Museum. The museum is an extension to the former Iwate Prefectural Library, designed by globally renowned architect Kiyonori Kikutake. This historic building is home to a wealth of information about Morioka’s culture. It’s a perfect spot to start if you’re a beginner when it comes to tourism in Morioka.

On the first floor you will find introductions to and sales of special Morioka products, and also lots of seasonal tourist information. There are models depicting the two major events of Iwate Prefecture, the Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival and Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, and the highlight is a 9m tall Dashi (festival float)! Why not take a photo or selfie with these impressive exhibits? On the second floor you will find exhibits relating to the history of the Morioka feudal domain and treasures of the Nanbu Clan.

There are also events and workshops that you can join on the day of your visit without a reservation, guaranteeing an interesting and interactive experience.

At the end of your visit try a cup of matcha green tea at Café Kozukata. The views over the castle ruins only enhance the delicious flavour of the matcha, making it a unique experience.

A thematic journey in the Tohoku region:Castles・Samurai

General Information

Opening Times
Last entry to second floor exhibition rooms at 18:30

Last entry to second floor exhibition rooms at 17:30
Closed the third Tuesday of each month (or the following day if Tuesday falls on a national holiday)
Closed during year-end/new year period (December 31-January 1)
● By bus from Morioka Station
・DenDen Mushi (Morioka City Loop Bus) Clockwise route
About 10 minutes - 4 minutes on foot from Kencho-Shiyakusho Mae stop
・Iwate-ken Kotsu / Iwate-ken Kita bus bound for ""Bus Center""
About 10 minutes - 4 minutes on foot from Kencho-Shiyakusho Mae stop
● 10 minutes by taxi from Morioka Station
●20 minutes on foot from Morioka Station
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