Morike Kitamae Shipping Building

An Important Cultural Property of Japan preserving the history of the Kitamae cargo ships

  • You’ll see magnificent structures around you from the moment you step inside!

On the Omachi-dori road in the Iwase district, you’ll find Morike, a shipping building that served the Kitamae cargo ships that used to cross the Sea of Japan. This historic building is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Higashi-Iwase Port, where Morike is located, was a flourishing port in the Edo Period (1603-1867) and Meiji Period (1868-1912). Morike was built in 1878, and is made from luxurious materials from around Japan, including doors made from ancient cedar wood from Yakushima Island in southern Japan, black pine needles from the Noto Peninsula near Toyama, Russian amber decorations on the hearth and a gigantic monolith from Shodo-shima Island, an island in the Seto Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku, on the earthen floor. Morike is full of fascinating features, from Oi-no-ma, the parlour with exposed wooden beams, to the kote-e plaster art in the earthen warehouses.

  • The stately parlour of the shipping building

  • A gorgeous dragon and tiger kote-e

  • The corridor facing the courtyard has a “nightingale floor”. This was designed to make noise to alert the owner to intruders.

Morike Kitamae Shipping Building

Address 108 Higashi Iwase-machi, Toyama-shi, Toyama 931-8358
TEL 076-437-8960
Trading hours 9:00am-5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm)
Non-trading hours New Year period (Dec. 28-Jan. 4)
Price Individual: Adult: ¥100, child: ¥50. Groups: ¥80 per adult, ¥40 per child
Access 25 minutes by Toyama Light Rail from Toyamaeki-kita (North Gate of Toyama Station on the JR Hokuriku Main Line) to Higashi-Iwase, Keirinjo-mae or Iwase-hama. Approx. 10 minute walk from these stations.
20 minutes by car from JR Toyama Station
35 minutes by car from the Toyama Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway
Parking 20 spaces
Parking fee: Free
Official URL http://www8.city.toyama.toyama.jp/kanko/album_detail.phtml?Record_ID=88f06ce605895c91c8f07ab26cdd933b&TGenre_ID=240
Remarks Inquiries: Toyama City Board of Education, Lifelong Learning Division: 076-443-2138
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