Kitaakita area

Explore Ani's History & Heritage

Culture and History come to life at the Ani History Museum

Exhibits at the museum include brass, galena, and pyrite ore samples extracted from the Ani, tools used in the mining process, and an original survey report written by the German engineer who helped modernize operations. Also on display are masks and costumes used in the Nekko Bangaku Festival, a Culture Heritage of Japan.
Free guides are available upon request. Kamishibai, picture story shows, relating the history of the area are also available with advance reservation. For more information, please contact the museum.
Important artifacts relating to the Ani Mine
Nekko Bangaku Festival Masks
Lamp lighting the underground passage connecting the museum and Foreign Heritage House

Unique Foreign Heritage House

During the modernization of the Ani mine, two houses were built for German engineer Adolf Mezger in 1879. Today, the one remaining house functions as the foreign heritage museum.
Mezger designed the buildings himself in a renaissance-gothic style and local clay was used for the brick construction. The building features half-circle and vertical sliding windows, slatted shutters, and a wooden veranda around the outside; architectural rarities during that time.
The Foreign Heritage Museum is connected by an underground passage to the Ani Folklore museum made in fashion of old mining tunnels.
Arched windows and interior
View Akita Nairiku Railway from house
Great care in designing even the finest details


【Address】41-22 Shimoshinmachi Aniginzan Kitaakita City,Akita

【Phone number】0186-82-3658

【Open】9:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)

【Closed】Monday ※Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a holiday

【Admission】Adult- ¥400 yen(Group of more than 15- ¥300),
High School Students- ¥300 (Group of more than 15- ¥200),
Elementary and Junior High School Students- ¥200 (Group of more than 15- ¥100)



【Explore Ani's History & Heritage】
41-22 Shimoshinmachi Aniginzan Kitaakita City,Akita