Tomamae Town Museum - Hokkaido

Tomamae Town Museum (苫前町郷土資料館) is a great venue to learn more about Tomamae's rich history. It is located at 393 Tomamae in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Tomamae Town Museum

Tomamae Town Museum details

The building was constructed in 1928 and served as the Tomamae Town Office for over 60 years. When the new office building was finished in 1984, the old office building was repurposed and reopened as the Tomamae Town Museum.

Tomamae Town Museum (苫前町郷土資料館)
Tomamae Town Museum - Tomamae town, Hokkaido Prefecture

The display includes not only models and images, but also agricultural, forestry, and fishing gear, as well as daily essentials used during the early years of the town. There are about 700 items on display in the museum and about 4000 more are safely stored for future exhibitions.

Photos outside the Tomamae Town Museum*

Welcome to Tomamae Town Museum (苫前町郷土資料館)

Additionally, there is an archaeological section of the museum with artifacts and informational panels about the Paleolithic through the Jomon and Satsumon periods. There are also several Ainu-related artifacts in and outside the museum like the Ainu chise or Ainu house.

Photos inside Tomamae Town Museum*

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 Tomamae Town Museum has to offer. Please visit it and enjoy it with your own eyes.

Tomamae Town Museum wouldn’t be complete without featuring the Sankebetsu Brown Bear Incident. It is well explained through images and charts, as well as a replica of the home from the time of the attack and a large stuffed brown bear.

Team Nicerio visits Tomamae Town Museum

My family and I visited Tomamae Town Museum for the first time last August 12, 2022which was my 41st week here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. It was one of the destinations that we visited on the 1st day of our 5-day Drive Up North Road Trip. We learned a lot about the rich history of Tomamae and also the tragic story of the Sankebetsu Brown Bear Incident. I highly recommend tourists include this place in their itinerary if they are visiting the town of Tomamae.

Tomamae Town Museum Admission Fee

Tomamae Town Museum Admission Fee

To enter Tomamae Town Museum visitors need to pay the following admission fee: adults - 310 yen, elementary and junior high school students – 100 yen. You get a huge discount if you are a resident of Tomamae. Pre-elementary school students are FREE.

Tomamae Town Museum Operating Hours

Tomamae Town Museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed every Monday (open if Monday is a national holiday and closed the following day)

Keep in mind that the museum is only open from May 1st to October 31st every year.

Why visit Tomamae Town Museum?

Tomamae Town Museum is the best place to visit if you want to learn more about the rich history of the town of Tomamae. The museum has numerous exhibits and panels that would keep you occupied for more than an hour. I highly recommend visiting the museum if you are spending a day in town.

Getting to Tomamae Town Museum


From Rumoi City, ride the Engan Bus bound for Haboro or Toyotomi. Board down at Tomamae Yakuba Mae. From there, the museum is 500 meters away on foot.

Travel time: 1 hour – 1 hour and 25 minutes depending on where you board

Bus fare: 1100-1150 yen depending on where you board.




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