OBAMA city

Wakasa History Museum: 

Learn about Wakasa Obama`s rich history as a port town, and its cultural connections with the ancient Capitals Nara and Kyoto. 

From 310 yen per person



In the Wakasa history museum, 3D projection mapping showing the roads between Wakasa-Obama and capitals through history from ancient time to the present, Visit the exhibitions “The Road from Wakasa to the capital” , “The Sea Route to Wakasa” and “Festivals and the Folk Performing Arts of Wakasa” to get to know more about Obama’s rich history  


Open time 9:00-17:00   (Duration 40min-60min ) 


1-30 people


No reservation required


Visit of Japanese garden called Wakasa-no-sato Park outside of this museum. 


Wakasa Obama History Museum


Costs 310 yen 



OBAMA city 

Wakasa History Museum: 

Learn about Wakasa Obama`s rich history as a port town, and its cultural connections with the ancient Capitals Nara and Kyoto. 


Schedule :  3D Projection mapping - “The Road from Wakasa to the capital” section, “The Sea Route to Wakasa” section - “Festivals and the Folk Performing Arts of Wakasa” section – Japanese garden outside  


Wakasa already existed as a political entity before the Nara period (8th century). During the Nara and Heian (Kyoto) periods (8-12 centuries), Wakasa was an important source of sea products (salt, fish) to the aristocracy of the capital, so that Wakasa province was nicknamed “Miketsu-no-kuni “(Food supplier to the Imperial court). Wakasa was also a strategically important place due to its seaport on the Sea of Japan and was the closest ocean harbor to Kyoto. The port was also the last sea destination of Silk-road connected to the Korean peninsula and Sumatra which prospered in the medieval period. The route Harihata mountain pass is very steep way to Kyoto but this was the shortest one (72km) to go to the inland capital and salted mackerels were delivered through this pass, so that this route is called one of “Mackerel routes”.  In Edo period (1600-1867), Wakasa bay became the base for the routes reaching east to Hokkaido and the commerce delivered by Kitamae boats connecting Hokkaido and Kyoto capital brought the prosperity in this region and had a big influence on the culture and traditions that remain today. 


In the Wakasa History Museum the projection on a 3 dimensional map explains how the routes have been developed and connected to the capital since ancient times and the Obama domain in Wakasa province played an important role connecting the sea of Japan and the capital by this characteristic geographic background. There are also two exhibit sections “The Road from Wakasa to the capital” and “The Sea Route to Wakasa”. You can also drop by the exhibition section called “Festivals and the Folk Performing Arts of Wakasa” finding colorful costumes and unique masks.  


If the weather is good you can also visit Japanese garden behind the museum where the pond and rocks represent a miniature of the beautiful rias coastline scenery in this region.  


【Available Period 】Whole year except the second and fourth Mondays (when the Monday is holiday, the closed day will be the next day) and during the New year vacation   



Question 1   

Q: How can I get to this place?  

A: It is 5 min. walk from Higashi Obama station.  


Question 2  

Q: In the museum can we take pictures?  

A: Some of the exhibits such as Buddha statues and ones related to Genpaku Sugita (1733-1817), the first doctor who studied about western medicine, photos are prohibited but in other places you can take pictures.  


Question 3  

Q: In the museum are there any English explanations?  

A: Some of the major exhibitions in the sections such as “The Road from Wakasa to the capital”, “The Sea Route to Wakasa” section, “Festivals and the Folk Performing Arts of Wakasa” as well as 3D projection mapping English explanations are prepared.  


Question 4  

Q: Is there a cafe?  

A: Unfortunately there is no café in the museum but you can get drinks from the vending machine on the first floor or by the Japanese garden outside.  


Question 5  

Q: Is it worth visiting this museum?  

A: As a local museum, it has a surprisingly good reputation having important historical regional corrections and modern displays. You can easily understand the characteristics of Obama city as the start for discovering this area.  


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