This article describes how to access the Tomioka Archive Museum in Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture, by train or bus, and the highlights of the museum. We hope it will be useful for sightseeing in Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Highlights of the Archive Museum
An archive museum in Tomioka Town? When one imagines of the “archive museum in Tomioka Town,” the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident tend to come to mind. However, this museum focuses on the history of Tomioka Town. The museum exhibits valuable materials that are comparable to those in general history museums.
It is more luxurious than other museums.Of course, there are easy-to-understand exhibits showing what kind of damage was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, so visitors can learn about the damage caused by the disaster.Also, you can learn about more than just the nuclear power plant accident. It is a good place to learn how Tomioka Town has functioned as a central town in Futaba County. The fact that there are many model reconstructions is also a highlight of the museum, which is different from other museums.
In addition, the facility itself was built in 2021, so it is insanely beautiful. Moreover, it is spacious, so you will be impressed by the scale of the museum, which you would not expect from a museum in a small town.
And it’s “free”. The Wi-Fi is blazing fast, so fast you wouldn’t think it was a public facility. There is also a work space, and since there are only a few visitors, I would like to go there regularly if they open it up as a workspace. (No restaurants nearby, so no lunch…)
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30) Last admission 16:30)
Closed: Mondays, Year-end and New Year holidays
Access to the Archive Museum
The Tomioka Archive Museum is located between JR Tomioka Station and JR Yonomori Station, so it is not easy to access on foot from the station. The distance is about 2.5 km, and it takes about 30 minutes on foot. Therefore, access by local bus is convenient.
This is off topic, but the exterior of the museum is definitely a detriment… If the museum were designed to be more open from the outside, it would attract more visitors. It would have been better if the outside had been more beautiful, though there is no going back now that it has been built.
Access by bus from JR Tomioka Station
The nearest bus stop is “Tomioka-machi Bunka Koryu Center”, and from JR Tomioka Station, you can take one of the following buses: “Tomioka Town Circular”, “Kawauchi Shako-mae”, or “FH2R (Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field)”. You can take any of the following buses from JR Tomioka Station.
However, on Sundays and holidays, all services are closed, so you will have to walk or take a cab. On Saturdays, only the “Tomioka Town Circular” operates.
The timetable below is the latest version for the fiscal year 2022. Only buses that arrive in time for the last entry to the museum are listed.
- Fare: 170 yen (cash or bus card only. Traffic IC cards are not accepted)
- Travel time: 4 minutes
|Departure from JR Tomioka Station||Arrive at Tomioka Machi Bunka Koryu Center|
|13:30＊No service on Saturdays||13:34|
|14:00＊No service on Saturdays||14:04|
|14:50＊No service on Saturdays||14:54|
|Departure From Tomioka Machi Bunka Koryu Center||Arrival at JR Tomioka Station|
The return trip takes about 7 to 14 minutes, depending on the bus you take, while the trip to the destination takes about 4 minutes.
That is all for now. We hope this information was helpful.