頼山陽史跡資料館
  • Rai Sanyō Memorial Museum

This museum features artifacts and exhibits about Rai Sanyō, an influential Japanese writer in the Edo Period. In addition to exhibits about Rai Sanyō, the museum is also home to exhibits about early modern culture in the Geibi area, and conducts research into the history of said culture.

In their permanent exhibit, visitors will find a historical timeline of Rai Sanyō's life, as well as selected stories, and will also find special exhibits on a variety of topics such as modern katana swords and hina dolls. These special exhibits are held four times per year.

After escaping the Hiroshima Han domain, Rai Sanyō was captured and confined to this very house, where it is said that he began drafting Nihon Gaishi (A History of Japan). The room in which he worked on his draft was designated as a National Historical Site, but was lost in the atomic bombing and reconstructed by Hiroshima Prefecture in 1958.


The museum in 1936. (Courtesy of the Hiroshima Municipal Archives)


The museum in 1936. (Courtesy of the Hiroshima Municipal Archives)


Around the end of 1945. (Photo by Toshio Kawamoto/ Courtesy of Yoshio Kawamoto)



The museum today.

Information

Rai Sanyō Memorial Museum

  • Address
    5-15 Fukuro-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City
  • Tel
    082-298-5051
  • Time
    9:30 am to 5 pm (admission ends at 4:30 pm)
  • Access
    Streetcar: Take the 1 streetcar line bound for Hiroshima Port (Hiroshima-kō // 広島港) and get off at Fukuro-machi (袋町).
  • Fee
    Adults: 200 yen
    University students: 150 yen
    High school students and below: Free
    Senior citizens (65 or older): Free
    International exchange students: Free

    Group Discounts (groups of 20 or more)
    Adults: 160 yen
    University students: 120 yen
  • Holiday
    Mondays (except national holidays, in which case the museum will be closed the following business day), New Years (12/28-1/4), closures due to exhibit preparation.
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