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Northern Culture Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Leading rice growers house

This is Ito Bunkichi's house, which is now a museum. He was a famous land owner. Full of lovely... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2017
Alan S
Brisbane, Australia
A must see.....

We visited "Ito's House" it was spectacular. The staff were all very pleasant and I had a great... read more

Reviewed February 29, 2016
Plantation, Florida
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May 29, 2018
“Not a real museum”
May 26, 2018
“Museum in vernacular architectures and Japanese garden”
A wealthy farmer's house, a nostalgic reminder of the old Echigo Road. On the west bank of the great Agano River, which flows across the Kanbara Plain in Echigo, there is a little village called Soumi. A family, which started out as farmers in this...more
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2-15-25 Somi, Konan-ku, Niigata 950-0205, Niigata Prefecture
+81 25-385-2001
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

We had difficulty finding this place, and once we did and paid the ¥350 fee each, we quickly realised it wasn't worth it. It's not actually a museum - just some rich guy's house with his possessions in glass cases. Nice to see the Japanese...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Krystal B
Reviewed May 26, 2018

We were fascinated by the beauty and scent of superb wisteria garden. The Garden view from Main house is amazingly beautiful ! For the handicapped guest, Staffs of the museum treat us gently and really enjoyed. 5月の北方文化博物館は藤の香りに包まれます。 障害を持った母を車椅子に乗せて、園内を楽しむことができて、母も大変喜んでくれました。

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JunichiHASEGAWA
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Niigata’s Northern Culture Museum was a surprise delight for our visit. The area is not too big, a good 1.5-2 hrs should be sufficient. We had a rental car which made the visit easier. Delightful garden with interesting gift shop where you can sample local...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank semanticvision
Reviewed November 19, 2017

This is Ito Bunkichi's house, which is now a museum. He was a famous land owner. Full of lovely ceramics, calligraphy and laquerware, there is also a well laid out gift shop in typical Japanese style.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Alan S
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Had a great time exploring this private museum, gift shop full of wonderful things to buy. Restrooms very clean and modern. The history of the Museum is very special, visitors come from everywhere to see it. Hidden gem.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank aloysia01
Reviewed February 29, 2016

We visited "Ito's House" it was spectacular. The staff were all very pleasant and I had a great time. I was able to see "behind the scenes" rooms which made it all worth it. Make sure to look at the extra long ceder beam in...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank SLynnS03
Reviewed May 19, 2015

An old land-owner's house (parts of which are still in use) which has been opened as a museum for visitors. Check out the triangular tea house; it's one of a kind. Also on the same property are thatch-roofed houses of less-well-off people of the era.

Date of experience: June 2014
1  Thank jbbmiramar
Reviewed June 7, 2014

This excellent museum will show you how the wealthy landowners lived and managed their estates. The Wisteria Restaurant on site is excellent. A great place to get souvenirs that reflect the history of Japan.

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Father_Stephen
Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were rushed for time so chose this as one of our sites to visit. Easy to access using the City Loop Bus. We bought a one day pass. The house is beautiful, loved the garden, loved the traditional features that have been well preserved

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank rosemaryt840
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We travelled there from Niigata by taxi, about 4000Yen one-way I think. The driver offered to wait for us for no additional charge and take us back, but since we planned to spend some time at the museum and to eat there (there is a...More

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank BillRichar
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