Yukio Tabuchi Memorial Hall

Japanese name: Tabuchi Yukio Kinenkan (田淵行男記念館)

An avid naturalist, photographer, author, and outdoor enthusiast, Yukio Tabuchi (1905-1989) climbed the mountains of Japan several hundred times during his lifetime. His passion for mountaineering laid in the study of alpine butterflies. The museum showcases many of the books he published, as well as a rotating collection of his photographs of the Japanese Alps. If you are so inclined, you can even purchase the pictures (at museum prices of course). Among the photographs displayed, I couldn’t find any pictures of butterflies and so I began to wonder where they all were.

In addition to Tabuchi’s pictures, there are also rotating displays from professional photographers, and during my visit I enjoyed looking through an exhibition of amateur photographers from the Azumino area.

Museum Toyoshina Area
20 walk from JR Hakuyacho Station / 10 minute taxi ride from Hotaka and Toyoshina Station
5 minute drive from the Azumino Interchange
5078-2 Toyoshina Minamihotaka
High School Students and older: ¥300
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Mondays (or the following weekday when Monday is a holiday)
Days after a holiday and 12/28-1/4