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Handa-City Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)

  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)

An exotic building to celebrate Niimi Nankichi

This is the museum built in honor to Nankichi Niimi, a natural from Handa-City and the highly acclaimed author of "Gon, the Little Fox", "Buying Mittens" and other famous children's tales, which led him to be widely regarded as "the Hans Christian Andersen of Japan". Having lost his mother when he was only 4 years old, upon turning 8 in 1921 his maternal grandmother took him and they lived in a house that previously occupied the land where this museum currently sits.

Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)

The main hall of the building contains permanent exhibits, book displays, dioramas and models of both the places and the characters from the tales. There's also a wide range of personal belongings such as wardrobe pieces, original manuscripts, diaries and other, all that was once used by Nankichi himself.
Upon arriving to this memorial, one of the most striking features is the shape of the structure itself, with its waving patterns and roof covered in grass. Curious at is seems, the architecture was chosen for harmoniously blending with both landscape and nature of Chita Peninsula, something that Nankichi drew on one of his works.
Outside, the "Fairy Tales Grove" adjacent to the main structure features a paved stroll path that offers relaxing walks. Some more attentive observers may note that this place resembles the castle ruins of Mr. Nakayama, featured in "Gon, the Little Fox".

  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)
  • Nankichi Niimi Memorial Museum (Niimi Nankichi Kinenkan)

SPOT OVERVIEW

Location : 1-10-1 Yanabe Nishimachi, Handa-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : 210 yen (Free of charge for Junior High and Elementary School students)
Opening
days / hours
: From 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parking : Available, free of charge (cap. 61 cars, 4 handicapped spaces, 3 buses)
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Monday, 2nd Tuesday of the month (opens whenever coinciding with holidays and closes the following weekday), year's end and New Years
Phone number : 0569-26-4888 (Handa City Tourism Association)

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Kowa Line train bound for Agui Station, change trains to the same Meitetsu Kowa Line but to train bound for Utsumi Station, and alight at Handaguchi Station. Walk westwards 20min (1.4km) by Route 265.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 3min (1.2km) eastwards from Chita-Chuo I.C. of the Chita Peninsula Toll Road (Chita-Hanto Doro).

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