The Historical Archive Museum of Tomioka

760-1 Otsuka, Motooka, Tomioka-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture


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What you will learn at this facility

This museum was established by the town of Tomioka to introduce the town's origins and characteristics as well as its legacy from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear disaster. The theme is "Placing the triple disaster in the region’s history." It shows from the standpoint of the residents of how people’s daily lives established over many years in the community were suddenly taken away without warning, and exhibits the changes in the town that occurred since "that day." All of the exhibition materials are managed by the town's curatorial staff. Exhibition commentary is available upon request.
Backyard tours of the storage and workrooms are also available at all times. Visitors can get to see and enjoy the activities that goes on behind-the-scenes at a museum.
You can also participate in workshops and hands-on activities unique to Tomioka, such as cooking salt, making earthenware and maga tama, ancient-style fire-making, collecting insects and making specimens, and deciphering kuzushiji (cursive) characters.

What you can do at this facility

  • # Exhibition of damaged items
  • # Video testimony of townspeople
  • # Hands-on programs for groups

Facility Information

  • Permanent exhibition

    The origins and characteristics of Tomioka Town are uncovered by field, and the aspects of the triple disaster that could be attributed to Tomioka’s characteristics are on permanent display. The main exhibit features actual materials, with graphic panels and projection mapping providing easy-to-understand explanations.

  • Theater/Video recordings of townspeople’s testimony

    In the theater, three animation (10-12 minutes each) are shown based on the town’s 10 years since 3.11, the townspeople’s experience of the disaster / evacuation, and the testimony of junior high school students from that time.
    Visitors can view video recordings of the testimony of 17 townspeople (approximately 20 minutes each) on three devices that are available in the Exhibition Room and Town Gallery.

  • Police car swept away by the tsunami

    A police car that was swept away by the tsunami while guiding the evacuation of the townspeople is on display.
    Two police officers were in the patrol car at the time.

  • Reproduction of the Emergency Operations Center

    A reproduction of parts of the “Emergency Operations Center” that was established immediately after the earthquake is on display.
    The information on the whiteboard and scribbled notes on the desk show the tense situation at the time.

Activity report

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Facility overview / Access

Name of institution The Historical Archive Museum of Tomioka
Address 〒 979-1151
760-1 Otsuka, Motooka, Tomioka-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture Google Map
Telephone number 0240-25-8644
Opening hours 9:00~17:00 (最終入館16:30)
Fee Individuals: Free Admission. Groups: Free Admission. *Advance registration is required for group tours and guides.
Access <Access by car>
Approximately 10 minutes by car from Joban-Tomioka IC
<Access by train>
5 minutes drive from either Tomioka Station or Yonomori Station on the JR Joban Line.
Parking Available(If no vacancy, you can use the parking of the adjacent facility "Manabi-no-Mori")
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