Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art

鉢&田島征三 絵本と木の実の美術館

An enchanting space where families can immerse themselves in the world of exciting picture books.

The Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art is located in a former elementary school nestled in the quaint village of Hachi in the mountain-surrounded Tokamachi. It was transformed by locals together with renowned picture book author Seizo Tashima, bringing to life the tale of the last students and the friendly "obake" ghosts living in the school through the picture book "Gakko wa Karappo ni Naranai" (The School Will Never Be Empty). The entire school building is designed to be an interactive three-dimensional picture book, captivating visitors with its magical story.

Intriguing classrooms like the Hachi Cafe and Kusamura's Room, as well as a museum shop offer plenty of fun for families. Explore and encounter whimsical characters like Topelatoto, who eats laughter; Doradravan, the dream crusher; and other ghosts hiding in the school walls.

Opening Season: Late April - Late November
*Specific dates vary each year. Refer to the official website for details.

General Information

Directions●Approx. 20 min. by car from Tokamachi Station (JR/Hokuetsu Express Line).
●Approx. 50 min. by car from the Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC or Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Car Park●Regular cars: approx. 40
Opening Times10:00 am - 5:00 pm (10:00 am - 4:00 pm in October and November)
●Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except public holidays).
*Closed in winter.
Prices800 yen (adults), 400 yen (elementary and junior high school students)
*100 yen discount for groups of 20 or more. Half price with disability certificate plus one attendant free.
NotesInquiries during winter closure: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field General Tourism Information (025-761-7767)


NameHachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
Telephone Number025-752-0066
Fax Number025-752-0066