Aoyama Historical Village – Learn about the Politics and Culture of Edo Period Japan
The Aoyama Historical Village is an establishment where visitors can learn about the politics and culture of the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
The displays include history and cultural archives from the Edo period, such as printing blocks used for printing Chinese classics in Japan, blueprints of the repair work performed at Sasayama Castle, picture scrolls such as "Nezumi Soshi" ("The Tale of a Mouse"), a rare work drawn during the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573), and several other exhibits.
Dekansho Museum - Learn about Tamba-Sasayama, a City of Japanese Heritage
Stories or monuments that convey the culture and traditions of a region are designated as national heritage by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. In April 2015, the “Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Song – The Memory of One’s Home, Sung With Folk Song” was recognized as Japanese heritage. The Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Museum is a facility that introduces local Japanese heritage to the public.
The Cultural Asset Exhibition Room offers explanations about the cultural properties of Tamba-Sasayama that have been recognized as Japanese heritages.
At the Virtual Dekansho Dance Booth, visitors can experience first-hand a dekansho dance in augmented reality. The Dekansho Festival, the largest folk song festival in Hyogo, is also introduced here through interactive exhibits. The festival itself is held in August annually.
In the theater room, visitors can watch a video explaining the evolution of the Dekansho Song. The VR (virtual reality) Telescope Corner allows visitors to experience the various charms of destinations in Tamba-Sasayama through virtual reality videos.
The Dekansho Song expresses the lives and history of the people of Tamba-Sasayama. Their everyday emotions and desires, the scenery of Sasayama, the locals' livelihood, and other elements of local lifestyle are sung and passed down as song lyrics. Listen to the song while imagining the lives of the locals long ago.
Aoyama Historical Village and Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Museum
Address: Sasayama, Kitashinmachi 48
Access: A 5-minute walk from Sasayamaguchi Station on the JR Fukuchiyama Line.
Entrance Fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for high school and university students, 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students. (Fee for a group of 30 or more: 250 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students, and 50 yen for elementary and junior high school students.)
Museum hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (reception closes at 16:30)
Holidays: Mondays and the days between December 25 and January 1