Fukushima Prefectural Museum

Fukushima Prefectural Museum

The Fukushima Prefectural Museum (Fukushima Museum) [福島県立博物館] is in Aizu-Wakamatsu City, about a ten-minute walk (750 m) from Tsurugajo Castle. The museum covers the history of Fukushima prefecture from the primitive age through modern times with exhibitions of historical items, relics, scale models, and replicas of objects of historical significance.

Its general exhibition is divided into six parts and explains the history of the area in chronological order. Starting with archaeological findings from the Glacial Age, the formation of the Japanese islands, and the first settlements (all covered in the Primitive Age section), the exhibits show the cultural developments and the evolving way of life through to modern times. The last exhibit, ‘Fukushima and its Nature’, details the prefecture’s ecosystems and how they have been impacted by natural disasters through the years.

The museum also has departmental exhibition rooms that focus on Fukushima’s geological features and folk culture.

Visitors can ask for an English guidebook at the entrance, which contains explanations of most items on exhibit. Information in English, Chinese, and Korean is displayed on some screen panels at the museum.

The museum also houses a tea room, the Prefectural Museum Tea Room ‘Tsukinai’, that serves lunch and a variety of drinks.

To the right of the main entrance is a recreational room for children. The room has a tatami area, children’s books, wooden toys, and decorations in traditional Aizu momen (cotton) textiles, which give it a unique, warm feel. Throughout the year, several special events and activities for children are hosted in this space.

Venue Details

Venue Details

Fukushima Prefectural Museum
(+81) 242-28-6000

Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Last entrance at 4:30 PM)

Closed every Monday (if a National Holiday falls on a Monday, the museum remains open on that day and closed the next day).
Closed the day following a National Holiday (except for weekends).
Closed during the New Year Holidays (December 28 to January 4th)
The museum may be closed on additional days for maintenance.

Related infoGeneral Admission/University Students: 280 yen.

Groups of 20 visitors or more: 220 yen per person (reservation required three days in advance).

High school, middle school or elementary school students: Free

Visitors with a physical or mental disability certificate, or health welfare certificate: Free

VIsitors with a Type 1 or Level 1 Certificate and one caregiver: Free

Visitors with a Fukushima Prefecture certificate of free admission to cultural facilities for foreign students: Free
Access Details
Access1-25 Jotomachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 965-0807, Japan
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Getting there

From Aizu-Wakamatsu Station [会津若松駅](JR Ban-etsu West Line), the museum can be reached using the sightseeing loop bus. The nearest stop on the "Haikara-san" and "Akabe" loop bus routes is San-no-Maru (三ノ丸).

From Koriyama Sta. [郡山駅] (JR/Shinkansen), go to the Koriyamaeki-mae bus stop and take an Iwaki-Koriyama-Aizu-Wakamatsu [いわき~郡山・会津若松] bus bound for Tsurugajo - Government Office Building Complex [鶴ヶ城・合同庁舎前]. The museum is located about 650 meters from the bus stop.

By Car: 15 min drive from the Aizuwakamatsu I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Taxi: 10 minutes from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station [会津若松駅].


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