Court and Historical Village (Rekishinosato)

  • the Law as Delivered in Older Times

Erected in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) as the Matsumoto Branch Court of Nagano District Court. This is the only wooden court building remaining in Japan. Exhibits include:

  • Information and displays of trials in three different periods: the period before the Meiji Restoration of 1867, the period under the Meiji Constitution from 1889 to 1947, and the period that followed.
  • Equipment used by Police etc. That includes many of the famed Ninja Stars for you Martial arts fanatics.

In the outdoor exhibit area behind the courthouse, you can see:

  • The house where advocator of democratic rights, Naoe Kinoshita (1869-1937), was born
  • A prison block of an older era.
  • An old hut in which poor Silk factory girls once lived and Silk factory equipment.

The Museum is located beside the Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) Museum, so see them both at once.

Recommendation: If you find this museum interesting and are travelling in the region, you Must visit the Takayama Jinya (District Administrative Office)! It is a really well preserved large and original site with buildings and warehouses dating back hundreds of years along with that equipment necessary to extract the correct answers from uncooperative felons.

2196-1 Shimadachi
Business Hours
Entrance closes at 16:30.
Mon. (open if a national holiday, and closed on the following day)
Dec 29 - Jan 3
15 min walk from Oniwa Sta on the Matsumoto Railway Kamikochi Line
24 min ride from Matsumoto Sta on the Town Sneaker Bus. Get off at the 'Ukiyoe Hakubutsukan (museum), Rekishinosato' Bus Stop
Apr 13, 2018