Shintotsukawa Local History Museum - Hokkaido

The Shintotsukawa Local History Museum (新十津川町開拓記念館) is a museum located at 1-1 Central in the town of Shintotsukawa in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. It was built to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the town.

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum Details

The Shintotsukawa Local History Museum is also called the Shintotsukawa Town Pioneer Memorial Hall. It was built in 1980 to preserve the history of the town’s early pioneers who migrated to Hokkaido in the mid-19th century.

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum - Shintotsukawa town, Hokkaido Prefecture

Shintotsukawa Town (
新十津川町) has a unique history as it was founded by a group of pioneers who left the island of Honshu in search of a better life. These pioneers faced many challenges as they settled in the harsh environment of Hokkaido. They had to clear forests, build homes and farms, and create a community from scratch. Despite these difficulties, they persevered and established a thriving town.

Central Park & Shintotsukawa Local History Museum

The museum as seen from Central Park (中央公園)

The Shintotsukawa Local History Museum was established to honor the contribution of these pioneers and to preserve their stories and artifacts for future generations. The exhibits include items such as tools, clothing, and household items used by the pioneers. The hall also features photographs, documents, and dioramas that depict the daily life and struggles of the pioneers.

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum displays*

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 Shintotsukawa Local History Museum has to offer. Please visit it and enjoy it with your own eyes.

The Shintotsukawa Local History Museum is not only a tribute to the town’s early settlers but also serves as a community center for cultural and educational events. Visitors can attend lectures, workshops, and concerts at the hall.

Over the years, the Shintotsukawa Local History Museum has become an important cultural landmark in the town of Shintotsukawa. It continues to inspire generations of residents to appreciate the hard work and determination of the pioneers who founded their community.

Team Nicerio visits Shintotsukawa Local History Museum

My family and I visited Shintotsukawa Local History Museum for the first time during our road trip last August 27, 2022, which was my 43rd weekend here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. The timing of our visit was perfect as it suddenly rained when we were in town. Because of that, we stayed a bit longer and learned more about the history of Shintotsukawa from the plethora of historical artifacts displayed in the museum.

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum entrance fee

Visitors need to pay 200 yen per adult and 100 yen per student to enter the museum.

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum Operating Hours

Shintotsukawa Local History Museum is open from May to October. 10 AM to 4 PM.

Why visit Shintotsukawa Local History Museum?

If you wish to learn more about the town and its history, I highly recommend that you go to the Shintotsukawa Local History Museum. It has a very cheap entrance fee and has a lot of displays to see. You can explore it in an hour or less. Overall, Shintotsukawa Local History Museum is a place to visit if you want to deepen your knowledge about the town and its history.

Getting to Shintotsukawa Local History Museum


From Asahikawa JR Station, ride the Hakodate Line (Local Iwamizawa) and board down at Takikawa JR Station. 

From Takikawa JR Station, walk for a few meters going to the Takikawa Eki Mae Bus Stop. From there, ride the Takishin Sen bus (Shintotsukawa Yakuba) and board down at the Kikusui Danchi bus stop. From there, walk eastwards for about 350 meters until you reach the Shintotsukawa Local Museum.

Travel Time: 1 hour and 7 minutes 
Fare: 1520 yen




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