MuseumsFamilyAzuki Bean Museum
This museum is all about azuki, or sweet red beans, a key ingredient in the well-known traditional Himeji sweet "gozasoro," and the museum is run by the very company that makes these sweets.
Azuki beans have long been considered a treasured and essential food item used in Japanese ceremonies throughout the year and other various ceremonial rites of passage.
In order to pass on this cultural heritage to future generations, this museum has become the first in Japan to focus on azuki beans, to explore, pass on, and continue the creation of the culture surrounding these beans.
In the center of a space with a model ten times life size, the museum contains exhibits that focus on this single, small red bean from a variety of angles, from botanical, to agricultural, to folk wisdom.
Visitors can enjoy more than half a day of leisurely exploration of the azuki bean's roots through diorama images, theater screenings, and more.
Coin locker available
Accepts credit cards
- Train: 15 minutes east of JR Himeji Station along the elevated Shinkansen railway line
Bus: Take Shinki Bus from the Himeji Station South Exit Stop, and get off at "Kouabo-kita" bus stop.
Car: Approx. 10 minutes from the Himeji Minami Ramp on the Himeji Bypass
- Space for 60 vehicles (Please contact the museum in advance when visiting in rented buses)
- Business Hours
- 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:00 p.m.)
- General (high school students and older): 1,200 yen / Elementary and junior high school students: 600 yen / Annual Passport (valid for 1 year for the person): 2,500 yen
- Closed on Tuesdays, New Year's holidays, and for facility inspections and other temporary closures
- Barrier-Free Information
- Wheelchair accessible toilet
- 611-1 Abo,
Himeji-shi, Hyogo 670-0944
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