gangukan (Japanese Folk Toy Museum)

The Japanese Folk Toy Museum exhibits folk toys from all over Japan from the Edo, Meiji, and Showa periods. The museum features about 10,000 toys made in various regions of Japan from the 1600s to the present.

The Museum consists of two buildings on the premises.

Gallery 1

Local toys of each prefecture from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

Gallery 2

Daruma dolls, clay figures, ceramic bells, dove flutes and wooden wishing plaques (ema).

Gallery 3

Wooden toys and spinning tops, including a large one that was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Back in June 22, 1983 the director at the time hand made his own top which was 90cm diameter. This became the worlds longest spinning time record of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 57 seconds, which he spun by himself.

Also, displays of annual New Years postage stamps from 1954 to now.

Gallery 4

Masks, Hina dolls and Tenjin dolls. Tenjin is the male god of learning. Various kites are also on display overhead. 




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We want to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience at the Museum.



You can see Omnidirectional photo of Gallery 4.

Using tablet or smartphone you can enjoy more realism as if you really entered the room!

Please click on the picture below to enjoy! Photographed by amaki camera.

Gangukan - Japanese Folk Toy Museum

The Japanese Folk Toy Museum called gangukan is located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. The museum features about 10,000 toys made in various regions of Japan from the 1600s to the present.