The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (東日本大震災・原子力災害伝承館, often referred to in Japanese only as ‘Denshokan’ [伝承館]) is located in Futaba town, in the coastal area of Fukushima prefecture.

Through exhibitions, storytelling, research and interactive displays, visitors can learn about this area before, during and after the disaster, deepen their understanding of the revitalization of Fukushima and the decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, as well as listen to testimonies of residents.

This museum shows how Fukushima has dealt with a complex and unprecedented disaster and its ongoing consequences, and communicates lessons for the future on the importance of disaster prevention and mitigation.

The museum opened in September 2020 and has about 200 items related to the The Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster on permanent exhibition.

Exhibits include explanations in both English and Japanese.

Located nearby the museum is the Futaba Business Incubation and Community Center.

Venue Details

Venue Details


Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Last entry at 4:30 PM

Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if the Tuesday falls on a public holiday) and year-end holidays (December 29-January 3)

Entrance Fee Adults: 600 yen. High school students and younger: 300 yen (discounts available for groups of over 20 people).
Related infoThere are lockers available to use only during opening hours for 100 yen (deposit-refund system).
Access Details
Access39 Takada, Nakano, Futaba Town, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture 979-1401
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Getting there

By Car: 12 min from the Joban Futaba IC off the Joban Expressway.

Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Sendai City.

Approx. 1 hour from Iwaki City.

Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from Fukushima City.

By Public Transportation: 3 hours 10 min by train from Tokyo Station to the nearest station (JR Futaba Station) (JR Joban Line; Limited Express Hitachi).

There is a shuttle bus from Futaba Station to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (200 yen one-way) (see timetable in Japanese).


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