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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Culture

Northern Culture Museum 北方文化博物館

Visit the exhibition halls of this 65-roomed museum to see 6,000 antiques from over 200 years ago

The Northern Culture Museum, or Hoppo Bunka Hakubutsukan, houses 6,000 antiques from Japan, China, and Korea in sumptuous surroundings. The former residence of a wealthy farming family, the museum is also renowned for its gardens because of links to Kyoto's Ginkaku-ji Temple.

How to Get There

The Northern Culture Museum is accessible by train, by bus, by taxi, and by car.

By train and bus, take the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Niigata Station and then take a 15-minute walk to Bandai City Bus Center. Take a bus from there in the direction of Akiha Ward via Soumi and get off at Kami Soumi Museum. The Museum of Northern Culture will be a 2-minute walk away.

By taxi, the Museum is 10 minutes from JR Niitsu Station or 20 minutes from JR Niigata Station.

By car, take the Banetsu Expressway and get off at the Niitsu Interchange. The Museum is 5 minutes away from the exit.

The large farm of Ito family

These buildings belonged to the Ito family, a large and wealthy farming family from about 200 years ago. Their residence was turned into a private museum after World War II. All the buildings together account for 29,200 square meters and have a total of 65 rooms.

Japanese, Chinese and Korean art

The highlight of this museum is its exhibition hall, the Shukokan. A total of approximately 6,000 items are on display, including paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, and ceramics gathered by the successive heads of the Ito family. Although most of these items are Japanese, some are from China and Korea.

Romantic and zen

Showcasing the Ito family's aesthetic traditions, the museum's gardens are breathtaking in any season. Visit to see cherry blossoms in spring, lotuses in summer, autumn leaves in fall, or a serene blanket of white in winter. Over five years in creation, the gardener responsible for these grounds bears links to Kyoto's Ginkaku-ji Temple.

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