Michinoku Minzoku Mura (Michinoku Folklore Village), where you can stroll around the folklore history of Tohoku region from ancient times to modern days.
Michinoku Minzoku Mura is situated on the shore across the Kitakami Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen over Kitakami River.
There are 29 historical architectures scattered about the entire village, including vertical cave, a type of residence for general public from circa 10,000 years ago to circa 1,200 years ago, to Kyu Iwate Kenritsu Kurosawajiri Koto Jogakko (Former Iwate Prefectural Kurosawajiri Girls’ High School) School Building, which was built in 1927.
You can experience the sceneries from old Japan along with seasonal flowers and plans in the midst of mellow passing of time.
Water mill located near the entrance to the village. It’s considered to have been used for conducting water to rice fields as well as feeding power for polishing rice grains.
Nanbu Magariya (bent house), an architectural style for traditional farm houses, often seen in Tono region.
Sake bottles. Tohoku region offers a wide variety of tasty sake. How about some sake as your souvenir?
Yuki-chan the goat. It seems to be taking a nap.
Straw sandals and farming tools hung at the wall by the entrance.
Vertical cave-its interior is warm in winter, and cool in summer.
Kyu Iwate Kenritsu Kurosawajiri Koto Jogakko (Former Iwate Prefectural Kurosawajiri Girls’ High School) School Building, which features the remnant of the Meiji period architecture.
There is a hands-on workshop for folklore items within the village.
You can also enjoy the seasonal flowers along with historical architectures.
Official Website: http://www.city.kitakami.iwate.jp/docs/2014052802183/ (Japanese)
Address: 14-59, Tachibana, Kitakami-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Entry is cut-off at 16:30)
■15 minutes by bus for Esashi Bus Center from JR Kitakami Station West Exit. 2-minute walk from “Tenshohi” bus stop.
■10-minute drive from JR Kitakami Station.
■15-minute drive from Kitakami Ezuriko Interchange of Tohoku Expressway.