Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum

Classical western architecture that looks like it is straight out of a movie set

Built in 1912 to be the central office for the former Akita Bank, it is a stately building with a retro feel. Its red brick exterior is based on the Renaissance style. The first floor features white marble tiles with red brick on the second floor. The building itself has been designated as an Important Cultural Property by the government of Japan.

The interior has a Baroque design. Passing through the main entrance is like a trip through time into an extraordinary world that looks like it belongs on a movie set. The high ceiling, which extends to the second floor, is decorated with beautiful arabesque sculpted reliefs and luxurious chandeliers. The interior is exceptionally luxurious, with white plaster walls that are exquisitely and elegantly decorated, floors made of English-made coloured tiles, and stairs made of white marble.

If you like old Western style architecture, the museum is a must-see.

General Information

[Admission] 210 yen
* Free for high school students and younger
Opening Times
09:30 to 16:30
Year-end and New Year holiday, closed when preparing exhibits
● About 15 minutes walk from JR Akita Station
● About 20 minutes from Akita-Chuo Interchange on the Akita Expressway
Car Park
Yes (8 spaces)
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