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 Ginkakuji 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 two-minute walk away.
By taxi, the Museum is 10 minutes from Niitsu Station or 20 minutes from Niigata Station.
By car, take the Banetsu Expressway and get off at Niitsu Interchange. The Museum is five minutes from the exit.
The large farm of the 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 WWII. 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. Of the items on display are 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.
The museum's romantic gardens
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.