Biei Local Museum Misora
This museum opened in 2016 to introduce Biei, a town of hills, and its nature and astronomical orientation to local residents and many others. The facility shows the history of agriculture and tourism in Biei, as well as the town’s efforts to preserve rich natural ecosystems in the Tokachidake Mountains and to have the region certified as a geopark*. The facility adjoins the Misora Astronomical Observatory, which is equipped with a 40-centimeter reflecting telescope (nicknamed Pikari). The telescope allows visitors to see stars of first-magnitude or brighter even during the day.
*As an associate member of the Japanese Geoparks Network, the towns of Biei and Kamifurano are working to have their area certified as a geopark.
- Sakae-machi 4-1-1, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun
10:00 – 19:00 (last admission: 18:30)
Tuesdays (or the next weekday if Tuesday is a national holiday), and the year-end and New Year’s holidays (December 31 – January 5)
Free of charge
Fees for astronomical observatory use:
For astronomical observatory users, the following fees are necessary.
High school students or older
¥160 (per person for groups of 10 or more)
– Admission is free for Biei residents, Biei High School students, and holders of a physical disability certificate, a mental disability certificate, or a medical rehabilitation handbook.
- Official website
- Wheelchair accessibility
Parking Accessible restroom Slopes Nursing room Wheelchairs available upon request Available Available Available Unavailable Available
- Supplementary information
- Automated external defibrillator (AED) available