Yokota Kyodo Museum (Yokota History Museum) 横田郷土資料館
Yokota is a small town nestled in the scenic mountains of Okuizumo. Okuizumo is a remote, mysterious region in Shimane Prefecture, home to many of the oldest of Japanese myths with particular reference to iron and sword-making.
Worth visiting if you are in the area is the Yokota Folklore Museum. The museum is housed in a lovely thatched farmhouse dating back to the late 19th century. Obviously home to a fairly well to do farming family, it is set in grounds with a small garden.
Around the house are collections of wagon wheels, large pots and other agricultural tools. Entering into the earthen-floored section there are lots of farming tools and implements as well as many artifacts made from straw such as hats and raincoats etc.
Sparsely decorated as all traditional Japanese rooms, there are, nonetheless, some artworks and a couple of tiny shrines.
One table has numerous printed materials though only in Japanese.
Much of the time the museum seems to unstaffed so you can enjoy perusing the rooms most probably on your own.
Access - Getting There
Yokota Kyodo Museum
Shimane Prefecture 699-1822
Tel: 0854 52 1112
Hours: Open 9am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays and during the winter months of December, January and February.
Admission: Entry is free
The Yokota Kyodo Museum is about 3 kilometers from JR Izumo-Yokota Station. Several local buses run past the museum from the station.