Takisato Dam Museum - Hokkaido

Takisato Dam Museum (滝里ダム資料館) is a museum that is dedicated to the history of the Takisato Dam. It is located at 288 Takisatocho in Ashibetsu City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Takisato Dam Museum

Takisato Dam Museum details

Takisato Dam Museum is a must-visit destination for travelers who are history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and nature lovers. This museum offers visitors a profound understanding of the dam's construction, the hardships that workers faced, and the technological advancements that were made during the Japanese post-war period.

Takisato Dam Museum - Ashibetsu City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Completed in 1999 after a series of severe floods in the Ishikari River, the Takisato Dam is an incredible feat of engineering that took almost two decades to construct. Although there were huge environmental benefits due to the dam's construction, it caused the majority of Takisato to sink to the bottom of the dam lake.

Lake Takisato Auto Campsite map

Takisato Dam Museum facade



Takisato Dam Museum as seen from the camping ground

Apart from learning about the history and construction of the Takisato Dam, visitors can also delve into the town's pre-dam life, watch projectors that explain the PCD construction method adopted, and stroll through the "dam area guide." This museum offers its visitors a virtual theater experience called Mugen Kukan, where a fantastical image of Ashibetsu's four seasons is displayed. A large kaleidoscope-like mirror reflects original images in multiple layers, giving a breathtaking, powerful effect.

Takisato Auto Camping Ground

Ashibetsu manhole cover

Takisato Lake

When you visit, look for this star which symbolizes Ashibetsu City's emblem

Inside Takisato Dam 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 Takisato Dam Museum has to offer. Please visit the museum and enjoy it with your own eyes.

The view from the Takisato Dam Museum's observation deck





Apart from the informative displays, the Takisato Dam Museum also boasts an incredible view of the surrounding scenery, making it an ideal rest stop for drivers or a leisurely destination for travelers and adventure-seekers.

Team Nicerio visits the Takisato Dam Museum




My family and I visited the Takisato Dam Museum for the first time last September 10, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 313th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. To be honest, Takisato Dam Museum wasn’t on our itinerary during our road trip. I saw it on our way to Nakafurano while driving along Route 38. Since it was a unique-looking building, I searched it up online which made us stop by on our way back that same day. It was worth it as we learned something new and we also got to see and appreciate the beauty of Takisato Lake at the same time.

Takisato Dam Museum Fee:

It’s FREE to enter and explore the Takisato Dam Museum. Parking is also FREE. However, keep in mind that it might get crowded during the camping season. 

Takisato Dam Museum Operating Hours:

The Takisato Dam Museum is open every day from May 1st to mid-November.
It is closed in winter – from November 5th to April 30th
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Why visit the Takisato Dam Museum?

The Takisato Dam Museum is a hidden gem in the heart of Hokkaido that should not be missed. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to understand the importance and impact of dams in Japanese history while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.

Getting to Takisato Dam Museum

 

There are no direct train or bus routes to the Takisato Dam Museum. While you do have the option of taking a taxi from Ashibetsu City, this will likely result in a considerable expense. The most optimal approach to reaching the Takisato Dam Museum involves using a private vehicle. Simply follow National Route 38 from Ashibetsu City, Furano, or Nakafurano. If you're coming from Ashibetsu City, you'll spot the museum on your right; conversely, it will appear on your left when traveling from Furano or Nakafurano. For added assurance, utilizing GPS apps can enhance the convenience of your journey.

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  1. The building looks interesting. The campsite is a big plus.

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    1. I agree with you. Did you know, deer would often visit the campsite. We saw plenty of them but wasn't able to take good pictures.

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