Denshoen Park is an open-air museum that is dedicated to the ordinary lives of the people who once lived here, such as the magariya houses that were unique homes from the horse production area, a watermill, folk tales, gods, customs, and local cuisine. The park features the oldest Nanbu magariya house, the former Kikuchi family house, and the Oshira hall, which houses 1,000 oshira statues.
Oshirasama is the god of a house that is worshiped in the Tohoku region. Oshirasama is also called the god of silkworms, the god of agriculture, the god of horses, and the god of news. His body is a mulberry tree branch with a drawn face and fabric clothes. The highlight is to see thousands of oshirasama covering all four walls in the hall!
There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy local cuisine, and a crafts hall that demonstrates how to make folk art. At the magariya house, there is also a free corner where you can make yarn from cocoon balls. (April–November only.)
Also, it is said that the kappa, a creature that appears in folk tales, can be captured at nearby Kappabuchi Pool, and you can get a permit to capture kappa (220 yen) at Denshoen. The back of the permit lists seven conditions for capturing kappa, which includes humorous precautions such as ""Capture without damaging the flat part on the top of his head or spilling the water from the top of his head."" There are fishing rods at the pool, so let's try kappa fishing using cucumber as bait!
- Adults: 320 yen, Elementary, junior and high school students: 200 yen
- Opening Times
- 09:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
- ● About 20 minutes by car from JR Tono Station
● About 60 minutes by car from Shin-Hanamaki Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen
- Car Park
- ● Regular vehicles: 100 spaces
● Buses: 8 spaces
- Official Website
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- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Telephone Number