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Introducing the Museum
Kanazawa developed as a large castle town. The lord Maeda earnestly incorporated Kyoto culture into Kanazawa and developed various kinds of traditional industries. In addition, since around half of Kanazawa's population were samurai families in those days, traces of samurai culture influenced by Edo (present-day Tokyo) remains in modern-day Kanazawa.
Kanazawa has a rich natural environment that has created a distinctive culture and lifestyle through its seasonal blessings such as those brought about by the severe winter.
The museum exhibits articles related to the life and customs of the people of Kanazawa, and introduces distinctive cuisines, festivals and seasonal townscapes through photos. We hope you will feel the richness of Kanazawa’s folklore culture through the exhibits.
"Sansento" School Building
The building currently used for the museum was originally constructed for the Ishikawa Prefectural Second Junior High School in 1899 (later the Kanazawa Second Junior High School).
The two-story tile roofed wooden building features the western wooden architecture of Meiji Period school buildings, and consists of an intricate roof, porch, windows that close/open by moving up and down, ledges, hanging lamps, soundproof sawdust ﬂooring etc.
The building was called “Sansento” (three spires) due to its three spires, including two copper-sheeted spires on both wings and one additional spire on the roof of the front entrance.
Rotating Exhibition Room
Various exhibits are held to introduce Kanazawa people's lifestyles and customs.
Life in the Prewar Era
A reproduction of a townhouse parlor displaying how people lived in the time before the war.
Life in the Postwar Era
Household electric appliances and daily goods used in the postwar era are on exhibit to show how people lived in those days.
Special Exhibition Room
Items designated as Folk Cultural Assets by the government ando Kanazawa City on display.
"Life in Kanazawa" Room
Here, you can learn about distinctive customs and culture of Kanazawa through exhibits introducing local cuisines, dialects and old photos.
Here, you can try using tools and toys from the olden days, and take a commemorative photo.
Classroom (Lecture room)
This building was originally the Kanazawa Second Junior High School (later Shikindai Junior High School). There is a classroom on display, which is used as a museum lecture room.
9:30~17:00 (entry permitted until 16:30)
During the changing of displays
New Year's Season (December 29th-January 3rd)
|Rates for groups of 20 or more||260yen|
|Child,Student(through high school)||Free|
Kanazawa Folklore Museum
3-31 Tobiume-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0938 Japan
(on the ground of Shikindai Jr High School)
From JR Kanazawa Station
Take buses No.11,12,16 departing from(Hokutetsu bus)bus stops No.7 of the East Exit Bus Terminal. Get off at "shibiki-cho" ( 25 minutes ). Walk 1 min.