Murakami Suigun Museum

Murakami Suigun Museum © Iry

About Murakami Suigun Museum

The Murakami Suigun Museum is a museum dedicated to exhibiting items related to the eponymous "Murakami Suigun", which was a naval organization that seized control of military affairs, politics, sea travel and trade in the Seto Inland Sea during the Warring States Period (1467~1590).  (Note: the word "suigun" means "navy", but in this case they were essentially pirates that seized control of the Seto Inland Sea)

The museum hosts fixed exhibits and seasonal exhibits and even has an exciting hands-on room. You can learn about the history and activities of the Murasaki Suigun via artifacts that were unearthed via archeological excavation. They also have video materials and dolls that make it easy for kids to understand as well. Within the hands-on room (the "Wakuwaku Taiken Room") you can don a helmet and armor. They have hands-on experiences for both kids and adults so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the old days.

From the third floor observation deck you can see Nojima and the ruins of Nojima Castle which was built in 1419 as the stronghold of the Murasaki Suigun. You can also enjoy the scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.

The entry fee is 300 yen for regular admission, college students are 150 yen, and seniors over 65 get in for 240 yen. For parties of 20 or more, the fee is discounted to 240 for regular and 120 for students (seniors 65 and older are not subject to the group discount). Persons who present a physical disability, mental disability, or rehabilitation certificate may enter for free along with 1 caretaker. Please note that high school students or younger as well as anyone younger than 18 also receive free admission.


From Oshimakita IC you can get to the museum in 5 minutes via car, or from Oshimaminami IC it is about 15 minutes. The nearest bus stop is Murasaki Suigun Hakubutsukan Bus Stop which is just a 1 minute walk from the museum.

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Description: Murakami Suigun Museum

Sights Murakami Suigun Museum (村上水軍博物館 )
Address 1285 Miyakubochō Miyakubo, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken 794-2203
Phone / Fax Phone: 0897-74-1065
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Murakami Suigun Museum