Misora Museum and Observatory - Hokkaido

Misora Museum and Observatory (丘のまち郷土学館 美宙) is a venue for locals and tourists to learn about the history of the town of Biei while also promoting science and astronomy. It is located in 4 Chome 1-4 Sakaemachi, Biei in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Misora Museum and Observatory (丘のまち郷土学館 美宙)

Misora Museum and Observatory details

Formally called Biei Local Museum Misora, this facility opened in 2016. It might not be as big as most museums in Hokkaido but it definitely promotes learning to those who visit.

Misora Museum and Observatory - Biei Town, Hokkaido Prefecture


丘のまち郷土学館 美宙

The ground floor of the Misora Museum and Observatory

2nd floor of Misora Museum and Observatory

In the side Misora Museum and Observatory, you will see displays about the nature and history of Biei Town. These displays are all located on the ground floor level of the museum.

Inside Misora Museum and Observatory

Misora Museum and Observatory
Nature in Biei Town

Misora Museum and Observatory
The course of History in Biei Town

Misora Museum and Observatory
The course of History in Biei Town

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Agriculture of Biei Town

Misora Museum and Observatory
The agricultural tools used in the early days of Biei

Misora Museum and Observatory
A replica of the houses in the early days of Biei

Misora Museum and Observatory
Mt. Tokachi-dake, Active Volcano, and Biei Town

40cm reflecting telescope - Pikari

When you head up to the second floor, there is a reading area, a small play area for kids, and the Misora Astronomical Observatory. Inside the observatory, you'd find the 40cm reflecting telescope. The telescope was given the nickname Pikari by the elementary and junior high school students of Biei. This telescope is powerful enough to see stars even during the day. 

Misora Museum and Observatory holds numerous events throughout the year. Please do check out their 👉website👈.

Team Nicerio visits the Misora Museum and Observatory

Misora Museum and Observatory
My wife and daughter checking out the displays of the museum

Reading books at the 2F learning area of the museum

My family and I visited Misora Museum and Observatory last June 25, 2022, which was my 236th day here in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher under the JET Programme. What I liked about this visit was that we learned something about the history and nature of Biei Town. However, since the museum area was small, we explored it in less than 20 minutes. 

Misora Museum and Observatory Admission Fee:


It's FREE to enter and explore the museum area. However, you need to pay 200 yen for adults but Biei residents and Biei High School students can enter the Astronomical Observatory for FREE

Misora Museum and Observatory Operating Hours:


Misora Museum and Observatory is open from 10AM - 7PM. It's closed on Tuesday and the New Year's Holiday.

Why visit the Misora Museum and Observatory?

Misora Museum and Observatory can easily be reached on foot from Biei JR Station. This means it is one of the places that you can easily visit if you are on a quick tour. Lastly, this place will give you a glimpse of the past and maybe the intergalactic future too. 

Getting to Misora Museum and Observatory


From Biei JR Station, follow Maruyama Street for about 450 meters until you reach the facility. Misora Museum and Observatory is on the right side of the street. 

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