Omuta City Miike Karuta (Japanese Card Game) Memorial Hall


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.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 836-0861 福岡県大牟田市宝坂町2-2-3
Address 2-2-3 Takarazaka Town, Omuta City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0944-53-8780(大牟田市立三池カルタ・歴史資料館)
Contact Service Manager: Director Egashira
Fax Number 0944-53-8780
Open 9:30am - 5pm
Closed Every Monday; last Thursday of every month (The next day in case of National Holiday); New Year’s Holidays (December 29 - January 3)
Price Adults - 310 Yen; Students - 100 Yen
Car Park 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
Website http://三池カルタ・歴史.com/

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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