Yanmar Museum ヤンマーミュージアム
Fun with farm machines
Interactive, informative and very much hands-on, the Yanmar Museum is a surprisingly fun museum experience and delivered by one of Japan's major agricultural and heavy machinery manufacturers.
- Try your hand at planting rice
- Pilot a construction machinery simulator
- Soak in the foot bath heated by excess heat
How to Get There
The Yanmar Museum is easily accessible by train.
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara (just over 2 hours from Tokyo or 20 minutes from Kyoto). Then take the Hokuriku Line to Nagahama (about 15 minutes). The Yanmar Museum is about a 10-minute walk from JR Nagahama station.
Much more than machinery
If you're in Japan, you've likely seen the name Yanmar everywhere. It's one of Japan's biggest manufacturers of heavy machinery for farming, construction, and leisure. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Yanmar built this hands-on museum in Nagahama, the home town of its founder.
Experience rice farming
Located in Nagahama's Kurokabe district, the museum's themes are food production and harnessing power. Simulators let kids (and adults!) get a feel for using the machines on display. Interactive exhibits teach about topics like diesel engines and green initiatives in farming and fisheries. The museum itself demonstrates ecological advances with its biotope on the roof and a foot bath heated by waste heat from generators. An emphasis on agriculture extends to cooking classes and rice farming experiences.