Minkaen opened in April of 1967. This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary.
To celebrate this major milestone, we will hold a special exhibition which will include items that are usually not for display, such as the documents showing the process of Minkaen foundation, original plans, guidebook, brochure from the first period, and more.
Visitors can also get to know the Minkaen’s 50-year history through enjoying sugoroku (traditional Japanese board game) at the play-corner.

  • Date: April 29th (Sat., holiday) – November 26th (Sun.)
  • Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (until 4:30 PM in November)
  • Fee: Only Minkaen admission
  • Place: the exhibition room in the main building
  • The Ito House

    The Ito House


Explanation of the special exhibition

Once a month, the staff explains the highlights of the exhibition.
Explanation of the exhibition is available for children through a game of ‘Let’s play with Minkaen sugoroku’ during Golden Week holidays and in August.
Please feel free to join on the spot.

  • Date:
    For adults – May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, Aug. 5th, Sept. 9th, Oct. 28th, Nov. 11th (all Saturdays)
    For children– May 5th (Fri., holiday) & Aug. 20th (Sun.)
  • Time: 2:00 PM (about 20 min)
  • It is possible to join on the spot.
  • Explanation: Minkaen staff
  • Place: the exhibition room in the main building
1969, Shin-Etsu Regional Village

1969, Shin-Etsu Regional Village