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Kitamaebune Ship Museum

Kitamaebune Ship Museum

The Kitamaebune is a shipping route mainly through the Sea of Japan from late Edo Period to the Meiji Period. The ships spent a year to sail a round-trip between Osaka and Hokkaido and transported a great amount of fortune and culture. The facility itself was built by a former owner of a Kitamaebune Ship named Chohei Sakatani in 1878 (Meiji 11), and is registered as one of the national tangible cultural assets. The beams and pillars inside the Museum were constructed with expensive materials transported from different regions, and with many layers of lacquer painted on them, these beams and pillars still have the lust and shine even after 120 years. Inside the Museum, there are various exhibitions on everything about the Kitamaebune Ships including navigating tools, ship cabinets, a 20:1 model and other information on the lives as a sailor on the Ships.


I-Otsu 1-1 Hashitate-machi, Kaga-shi, 922-0554






Adult 310 JPY / 75 or above 150 JPY / Free entry for the handicapped and those under 18 years of age


9:00-17:00 (last admittance 16:30)


All Year Round


10-minute from JR Kaga Onsen Station by taxi; 1-minute walk from CANBUS "Kitamaebune-no-Sato Shiryokan" Bus Stop



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