The Northern Culture Museum is the former residence of a local wealthy farming family. The magnificently well-preserved residence took 8 years to build and is now open to the public. The vast 29,100m2 grounds of the residence are home to the main building, a grand hall, a tearoom, a warehouse, and a wide range of artworks collected over generations, along with a promenade garden designed by an acclaimed landscape gardener.
The garden fills with a sweet fragrance when the massive Japanese wisteria vines are in bloom from late April to early May. Don’t miss the splendid view of the colourful promenade garden from the 165m2 grand hall each November – the illuminated wisterias and autumnal leaves are a fantastic sight! Along with these highlights, the garden pleases visitors throughout the year, with spring cherry blossoms, summer lotus flowers and snowy winter scenes.
The museum has a gift shop, cafés, a restaurant (reservations required) and accommodation (reservations required). Come and enjoy the local history, aesthetics and culture.
- Adults: 800 (700) yen
High school students: 700 (700) yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 400 (300) yen
*Prices in brackets ( ) are for groups of 20 or more
*Admission is free for elementary and junior high school students on Sundays and public holidays.
- Opening Times
- Open every day
From April to November: 9:00-17:00
From December to March: 9:00-16:30
- 25 minutes by car from JR Niigata Station
10 minutes by car from "Niitsu Station" on JR Shin-etsu Main Line
15 minutes by car from “Niigata-Kameda IC” on Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway
- Car Park
- Ordinary vehicle parking: 400 spaces available
Large vehicle parking: Available
- Official Website
- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Northern Culture Museum
- Telephone Number