The Miyajima Museum of History and Folklore ({j, Miyajima Rekishi Minzoku Shiryōkan) aims to illustrate to visitors the history of Miyajima, both in its larger historical context and in the commonplace details of Miyajima residents' daily lives. Works of art and artifacts relating to the island's shrine and its ceremonies are put on display alongside common tools used by local inhabitants in their day to day lives.

The building complex, in which the museum is located, is itself of interest. Built about 160 years ago, it originally served as the residence and storehouse of a wealthy merchant family who prospered in the soya sauce business. The front half of the museum consists of the preserved living quarters of the family, which looks out onto a traditional Japanese garden in the courtyard.

A display on ceremonial boats
A folding screen painting of Miyajima


The Miyajima Museum of History and Folklore is a short walk from the exit of Itsukushima Shrine, or about a 15 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier.

How to get to and around Miyajima

Hours & Fees


9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)


Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 26-31


300 yen

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Tours and travel services

Page last updated: June 1, 2016