Byakkotai Memorial Hall

Byakkotai Memorial Hall

This hall exhibits both opposing factions of the Boshin War, with a focus on documents related to the Byakkotai, which lost the war, as well as many documents of the Seigun (Western Army) and Shinsengumi.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://aizuwakamatsu.mylocal.jp/en_US/trip/spot-list/-/spotdetail/spotinfo/1000000277/3999496
Contact

(+81) 242-24-9170

Opening Hours

Apr. to Nov.: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Dec. to Mar.: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open throughout the year

ParkingAvailable
Related infoAdults: 400 yen
High school students: 300 yen
Junior High and Elementary School students: 200 yen
Access Details
Access33 Bentenshita, Yahata, Ikki-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Getting there

By Bus: Take the Haikara-san or Akabe loop bus from Aizuwakamatsu Station to Iimoriyama bus stop, and then walk 5 min.

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