Name in Japanese: 浅井歴史民俗資料館
Pronunciation: azai rekishi minzoku shiryōkan
Five kilometres from the base of Mt. Odani where the Azai family lived at Odani Castle is the Azai Folklore Museum, located in the Azai Culture and Sports Park. The museum is a comprehensive facility comprising several buildings around a pretty pond which is visited by a variety of local birds.
The modern Learning Centre has exhibits dedicated to the three generations of the Azai daimyō. On the second floor, their turbulent life is explained with lifelike dioramas, weapons, and excavated materials. The first floor combines permanent exhibits with a space featuring special exhibitions on related themes.
The castles of regional lords such as the Azai were surrounded by towns and the three other buildings are reconstructions of traditional homes and the industry undertaken in them, such as silk production and blacksmithing.
Exploring the Odani Castle site, combined with visits to the Azai Folklore Museum, the Odani Castle Sengoku Historical Museum, and the Kunitomo Gun Museum makes a rewarding day out.
place 528, Ōyorichō, Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture
Odani Castle was an important mountain fortress in the Warring States period. Its ruins are found to the north of today’s Nagahama, on the southern ridges of Mt. Odani at an altitude of about 495 m. T
This small museum stands at the foot of Mt. Odani, site of the Warring States period Odani Castle, and home of the Azai clan. Some crudely armoured mannequins dotted about outside bely the authentic