Murotsu Museum of Folklore
This museum used to be the property of a wealthy merchant family who were allowed to keep the family name “Toyono.” However, their trading name was Uo-ya, and they were well recognized purveyors to the Himeji Domain. This building stood in a very prominent position in the commercial hub of the area during the Edo period, due to its location at the center and mountain side of the main street, and access from a number of important spots, such as the town hall, an official notice board, and inns for government officials, which were situated on the sea side. This is one of the few remaining large-sized valuable townhouses in the area, and can boast some rather unusual features, such as secret staircases, that cannot be seen in other townhouses. The upstairs windows are also quite interesting, as they are covered by distinctive bars, which are somewhat unusual, especially in Murotsu. In 1988, it was designated as a Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Property, as the museum introduces Murotsu as a port town, exhibiting a variety of resources on the history and folklore of the area.
■Admission fee High school students and over 200 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen
■Access 7-minute walk from the Shinki Bus Murotsu bus stop. The bus bound for
Oura departs from Sanyo Aboshi Station of the Sanyo Electric Railway.
- Postal Code
- 306, Murotsu, Mitsu-cho, Tatsuno, Hyogo
- 9:30 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
- Mondays (except national holidays), the day following a national holiday (except Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays), the last day of the month, and the Year-end and New Year holiday period