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Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

Discover Miyajima’s Edo Period Culture

Photo of Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, Japan (Miyajima Museum of History and Folklore 宮島歴史民俗資料館 by Urawa Zero)

Explore the local traditions and history of Miyajima Island at the Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, housed in an old former merchant residence. This museum offers insight into the island’s traditional crafts, ceremonies, and daily life of the past.

About Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

The Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, on Miyajima Island, known as Itsukushima, is housed in a building from the Edo period, originally the home of a soy sauce merchant. Opened in 1974, the museum is dedicated to the history, traditions, and folklore of the island.

With a collection of over 2,000 items, including artifacts, documents, artworks, and religious items, the museum paints a picture of Miyajima’s past. Visitors can explore the merchant family’s living quarters and a Japanese courtyard garden to understand the Edo Period’s lifestyle. Each room in the museum reveals different aspects of local life, from boats used in ceremonies to everyday tools.

A highlight of the museum is its artifacts related to the Itsukushima Shrine and the island’s festivals, emphasizing Miyajima’s spiritual and cultural significance. The museum explores folk customs, beliefs, and legends native to the island.

Displays also include woodblock prints, maps, and artifacts from historical dramas about Taira no Kiyomori, who built the Itsukushima Shrine. A video presentation in Japanese provides context about the island’s landmarks.

The Miyajima History and Folklore Museum is a valuable resource for those interested in the island’s history and culture, serving as a foundation for visitors to experience Miyajima’s temples, shrines, and natural beauty.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

Miyajima Pier
 JR Miyajima Ferry + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)

Around Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

History Museum in Miyajima

open 9am - 4:30pm
closed Monday, unless a holiday (and other days)


宮島歴史民俗資料館, 宮島

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