Omuta City Miike Karuta Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the birthplace of Karuta (a Japanese card game) and is Japan’s only municipal museum dedicated specifically to Karuta. It is said that Karuta was first invented in Miike at around the end of the 16th century, having been influenced by the Portuguese. The museum holds over 9,000 rare and valuable Karuta items and exhibits, such as the “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu” (which is the most famous traditional anthology of recognized poets on cards), “Iroha Karuta” used during the Meiji and Taisho Eras (1868 - 1926), and “Tensho Karuta”, an imitation of a Portugese card game. The museum also offers an introduction through images to Karuta and playing cards.
*About the Hall: Area - 819 square meters (about 8,816 square feet); common area - 742.1 square meters (about 7,990 square feet)
*Accessibility: Priority parking for persons with disabilities; wheelchair-accessible bathrooms; wheelchair rental; wheelchair ramp; elevator; textured paving blocks for the visually impaired; guide dogs permitted
*Discounts available for persons with disabilities.
|Address||836-0861 2-2-3 Takarazaka-machi, Omuta-shi, Fukuoka|
Service Manager: Director Egashira
|Fees||Adults - 310 Yen; Students - 100 Yen|
|Every Monday; last Thursday of every month (The next day in case of National Holiday); New Year’s Holidays (December 29 - January 3)|
|Parking||35 vehicles (combined usage with city library)|
|Access||By train - A 10 minute walk from JR Omuta Station
By bus - Get off at Nishitetsu “Keisatsusho/Karuta Eki” bus stop
By car - 25 minutes from Nankan Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway
|Times Available||9:30am - 5pm|
|Genre||Museums and Resource Centers (History and Culture) Cultural Facilities (History and Culture)|