Northern Culture Museum

This museum is the former residence of the Ito clan, major landowners in the region. Construction started in 1882 and took eight years to complete. Built in traditional Japanese style, the 3,967 sq. meter (42,700 sq. ft) home has 65 rooms. The size of the property is 29,100 sq. meters (7.2 acres). Perhaps most interesting is the large (100-mat) reception hall, used only for family ceremonies, with its beautiful view of the grounds.

  • Phone
  • Hours
    9 am to 5 pm (to 4:30 pm from Dec. through March)
  • Open Every Day
  • Admission Fee
    Adults 800 yen; Kids 400 yen (kids free on Sundays and holidays)
  • Getting There
    By car: 25 min from Niigata Station; 15 min from Niigata Kameda exit off the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway
    By bus: At Bandai City Bus Center (10-min walk from Niigata Station) board bus bound for Niitsu via Somi. Ride about 40 min, get off at the Kamisomi Museum stop, walk 2 minutes.


Northern Culture Museum
2-15-25 Somi, Konan-ku, Niigata City