Miyoshi Mononoke Museum – Miyoshi, Japan - Atlas Obscura

Miyoshi Mononoke Museum

A collection of nearly 5,000 yokai-themed toys, sculptures, and more, dating from the 1700s to the present day. 

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Opening its doors in 2019, the Miyoshi Mononoke Museum, also known as the Yumoto Koichi Memorial Japan Yokai Museum, is Japan’s first public museum dedicated to yokai, traditional Japanese spirits.

Located in the city of Miyoshi in the Hiroshima Prefecture, the museum is a bit off the beaten path. Still, many find the treasure trove well worth the trip. The collection numbers in the thousands, spans centuries, and includes Toriyama Sekien’s 1776 seminal bestiary, The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons, along with more modern takes on the supernatural beings collectively known as yokai.

The museum isn’t just for looking. A room of interactive yokai-related activity stations excite children and adults alike.

The museum’s exit can be found through a gift shop selling a wide variety of yokai products such as books, incense packets, and furoshiki—traditional Japanese fabric used for wrapping gifts—adorned with various yokai.

Know Before You Go

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except Wednesday. Admission is ¥600 for adults, ¥400 for high school and university students, and ¥200 for elementary and junior high school students.

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