Moseushi Town Folk Museum - Hokkaido

Moseushi Town Folk Museum (妹背牛町郷土館) is where important historical objects about the town of Moseushi are housed and presented. This museum is located at 247-5 Moseushi town in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Moseushi Town Folk Museum

Moseushi Town Folk Museum details

In 1931, the Moseushi Town Folk Museum was constructed as a village office. Its symmetrical architectural style is influenced by the French design that was popular at the time.

Moseushi Town Folk Museum - Moseushi Town, Hokkaido Prefecture

Approximately 600 priceless artifacts are currently on display at the Moseushi Town Folk Museum. These items date from the time of reclamation until the present. The Lion Head and Tengu Masks, Moseushi Town's Designated Cultural Property No. 1, can also be found here.

Welcome to Moseushi Town Folk Museum


These are different areas of the museum:

  • Folk Performing Arts Exhibition Room
  • Special Exhibition Room
  • Educational Exhibition Room
  • Administrative Exhibition Room
  • Lion Head Exhibition Room
  • 2 Hands-on Training Room

Inside Moseushi Town Folk Museum*

We needed to register in the visitor's logbook








A recreation of the lives of the early settlers in Moseushi








Check out this cute Tanuki






The Lion Head and Tengu Masks, Moseushi Town's Designated Cultural Property No. 1




I posted only a handful of photos of the exhibits and I purposely didn't label them so that you would only get a glimpse of what the Moseushi Town Folk Museum has to offer. Please visit it and enjoy it with your own eyes.

My family and I went to the Moseushi Town Folk Museum for the first time on August 6, 2022, my 278th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. Because the doors were shut when we arrived, I assumed the museum was closed. Fortunately, there was a message instructing people who wished to visit to go to the administrative office in the building adjacent to the museum and ask the person in charge to open the museum for them. We were fortunate that the person in charge was at the office when I arrived.

Team Nicerio visits Moseushi Town Folk Museum


Overall, we learned a lot about the history of Moseushi during our visit. We got to appreciate the town, its unique culture, and its people more after exploring the museum.

Moseushi Town Folk Museum Admission Fee

It`s FREE to enter and explore Moseushi Town Folk Museum

Moseushi Town Folk Museum Opening Hours

Moseushi Town Folk Museum is open from 10AM to 4PM

Moseushi Chomin Hall

However, keep in mind that it`s open to the public only on August 14-16 during the Obon Period. If you are visiting on a different date, you need to go to the administrative office located inside the Moseushi Chomin Hall beside the museum. You should look for the person in charge and he would be kind enough to open the museum for you and you could do a solo tour of the museum. This is how we got into the museum.

Why visit Moseushi Town Folk Museum?

Moseushi Town Folk Museum is the best place to visit if you want to know more about the history of the town. It has numerous displays that date back to the beginning of the town.

Getting to Moseushi Town Folk Museum:

From Asahikawa JR Station, board the JR Hakodate Line to Moseushi JR Station. The museum is 10 minutes away on foot.

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