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Museum introducing Tondenhei soldiers who lived in Asahikawa

Asahikawa Heison Museum

Recommended degree
★★

Best season:Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)

Asahikawa Heison Museum

Asahikawa Heison Museum

This museum is dedicated to Tondenhei (ex-samurai soldiers for developing and guarding Hokkaido). Tondenhei were military settler colonists, recruited during the Meiji Period to develop and defend Japan's northern frontier in Hokkaidō. This system was established in 1873. Next year the first group of ex-samurai soldiers settled in Kotoni, Sapporo. In 1899 the last groups settled in Kenbu and Shibetsu and became soldiers of the second reserve and in 1904 the system was disbanded.

Although the main role of the Tondenhei was originally defend Hokkaido frontier against Imperial Russia. Their other role was to explore and develop Hokkaido, so their families accompanied them. In 1892 400 families of 2300 people settled in Asahikawa. Training facilities were established here, so the master of the house spent his time before noon training and after he and his family were occupied with agricultural works.

Inside the museum you can find historical documents, explaining about training of warriors and their lifestyle. Business hours are from 9AM to 16:30PM. The facility is closed from November to April for winter break. The entrance fee is 500 yen, 400 yen for high school and junior high school students, 200 yen for junior high students.

Access

120 minutes to Asahikawa from Shin-Chitose Airport via Central highway. Train: 80 minutes from JR Sapporo Station to JR Asahikawa Station. At Asahikawa Station change to Sekihoku Main Line and get off at Higashi-Asahikawa Station. It takes 10 minutes to walk from the station.

Information of Asahikawa Heison Museum

Spot name Asahikawa Heison Museum
Address Hokkaido, Asahikawa-shi, Higashiasahikawa, Minamiichijo 6-3-26
TEL 0166-36-2323
Fee 500yen

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