• Samani Folk Museum

Samani Folk Museum

The first Folk Museum in the Hidaka region opened in 1966 as a small museum dedicated to local history. The exhibits include Jomon period relics and other artifacts from the Fuyushima archeological site, Ainu ceremonial tools, and everyday household items from modern times.
Included are historical documents and Yamato family records from the latter half of the Edo period to the Meiji period that were housed at Tojuin Temple, one of the three government-built temples in Ezo. These documents are vital to understanding Samani's rich history.

  • Open: 10:00~16:30
  • Closed: Mondays and year-end/New Year holidays
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Kaishomachi 1, Samani Town, Samani-gun, Hokkaido 058-0024
  • Tel: +81-146-36-3335  E-mail: samanikyoudokan @ future.ocn.ne.jp

The Tojuin Temple documents

The Tojuin Temple documents were handed down from the first head priest, Shugo, to the 11th head priest, Tokuben, and mainly consist of written interactions between the shogunate and the temples.
Out of these documents, there are 13 head priest journals, 1 record book on equipment, and 1 family death register that was recognized as a national important cultural asset, and 1 book of financial accounts that was recognized as a Samani Town important cultural asset.

A scale model of the Samani Mountain Path

The Samani Mountain Path, a nationally recognized historical site, is represented here by a 1/5000 scale model. The model reveals the steep and rugged path.
A scale model of the Harada Inn ruins, an inn that was built along the Samani Mountain Path is also on display.