The Hachinohe Portal Museum hacchi, which opened in 2011, is a new tourist site in Hachinohe. It acts as a tourism portal, focusing on and showcasing the city’s attractions, while also serving as a place for activities by artists and local residents in its halls and galleries. With a variety of tenants, including cafes and restaurants, taking up residence inside the building, there are many ways to enjoy this facility.
One of hacchi’s symbols is the clock in hacchi Square on the first floor. Inspired by the Horyo Kagura folk dance, in which a group of dancers wearing wooden lion’s head masks rattle the lions’ teeth, a display of similar lions’ heads below the clock announces every hour by clapping their jaws together.
The Kaneiri Museum Shop
The Kaneiri Museum Shop was designed as a celebration of all things not only Aomori but all of the Tohoku (northeastern Japan) region as well. The store stocks a variety of Tohoku’s most culturally interesting and entertaining products like Hachinohe’s famous Yawata-uma (wooden horse) figurines. Crafts such as traditional Tsugaru-nuri lacquerware from Aomori’s western side and books regional design, culture, and art can be found lining the shelves. The shop takes great care to support local art and culture and helps develop products and goods that support and grow the community. This makes it a great stop for anyone looking for an interesting souvenir or looking to learn more about the area’s culture.
- 11-1 Mikkamachi, Hachinohe City
- [Opening hours] 9:00AM-9:00PM *Tenants’ hours vary.
- Regular Holidays:
- [Closed] Every second Tuesday (Closed the following day if Tuesday is a holiday), December 31, January 1
- Rates, etc.:
- [Admission Fee] Free
- By car: About 20 minutes from Hachinohe Station, 10 minutes from Hachinohe Expressway Hachinohe IC
By train: About 10-minutes walk from JR Hachinohe Line Hon-Hachinohe Station
Bus: Hachinohe City Bus / Nanbu Bus – Near the “Hachinohe Chushingai Terminal (Yokamachi)” bus stop
- No parking *Paid parking is available in the neighborhood