Japan Kite Museums Feature Fighter Kites, Traditional and Giant Kites

Hamamatsu Festival Hall

The Hamamatsu Festival Hall has exhibits on kites, photos, theatre and classes where you can experience all of the activities that take place during the annual Hamamatsu Kite Festival.   The Hamamatsu Kite Festival is known for kite battles among kite flyers from nearby cities, elaborate floats, traditional Japanese drumming and dancing.  Inside the festival hall there is an exhibit room for kites.  Museum guides show videos of kite battles and the role of the kite in the history of Hamamatsu.  Anyone can take classes for making Japanese fighter kites. One of the most unusual exhibits shows how kite line used on the fighter  kites is made.  This is one of the only places where this kind of line is sold.

Hamamatsu Festival Hall
1313 Nakatajima-cho, Minami-ku
Hamamatsu-shi
Japan 430-0845
Telephone: 053-441-6211

Ikazaki Kite Museum

This kite museum has more than 400 kites on display.  It features traditional kites from Japan and other countries, traditional tools for kite making and classes where you can make your own kite.  Kites and photographs from the Ikazaki Kite Festival exhibit kite battles that take place along the Oda River.

Ikazaki Kite Museum
Ikazaki, Ehime Prefecture
Japan
Telephone: +81 893 44 2121

Shirone Giant Kite Museum

This kite museum displays huge kites flown in kite battles in Shirone, Japan. This museum has more than 800 kites on display that portray Japanese battles, landscape, folklore and animal life.  It has classes on kite making and a wind tunnel where you can try out your new kite.  If you want to buy one of these traditional Japanese kites,  contact this museum and someone will be able to help you find a vendor or local artisan who can get the kite you want.

Shirone Giant Kite Museum
1770-1 Jogesuwanoki
Minami-ku
Niigata Prefecture 950-1214
Japan
Telephone: +81 25-372-0314

Showamachi Huge Kite Museum

This kite museum is the home of kites that fly in the Huge Kite Flying Festival that takes place every year on the banks of the Edo  River in Saitama, Japan.  These kites are so huge that the building itself is four stories high.  There are over 400 kites from Japan and other countries on display.  It is not unusual for kites in the Huge Kite Flying Festival to be 15 meters high, 11 meters wide and weight 250 kg (50 feet high, 36 feet wide and weigh 550 pounds).    It is not unusual for these kites to have 200 or more bridle lines at 30 meters long (98 feet) and flying lines can be 450 – 900 meters (1,475 to 2,952 feet) long.  The kite covers are made by joining together anywhere from hundreds to thousands of squares of paper.  Some of the larger kites covers are made from as many as 1,500 squares of paper.  The Huge Kite Museum has more to offer than kite displays.  It has classes on designing, building and decorating kites.

Showamachi Huge Kite Museum
637 Oh-aza Nishi-Houjyubana
Souwa-machi, Kita-Katushika
Saitama  344-0102
Japan
Telephone: (048) 748-1555

Tokyo Kite Museum

The  Tokyo Kite Museum has thousands of traditional Japanese kites on display and other kites from Asia and other countries.  The office of the Japan Kite Association is located in the museum.  When you visit a kite museum you have a chance to study kite shapes, kite artwork and kite parts at your own pace.  At a kite museum you have a chance to learn about Japanese  artwork and the history and beliefs that decorate the kite cover.  If you want to buy a kite that looks like the ones in this museum, you can contact a guide or a person in the Japan Kite Association who can help you find a vendor who sells these kinds of kites or a local artisan who can build one for you.

Tokyo Kite Museum
The 5th Floor of the Taimeiken Restaurant
1-12-10 Nihonbash, Chuoh-ku
Tokyo, Japan   103-0027
Telephone: +81 -3-3271-2465

Toy Museum Kurashiki

This museum displays about 40,000 toys including a private collection of about 200 traditional Japanese kites.

Toy Museum Kurashiki
Kurashiki, Japan

Yokaichi Giant Kite Museum

This kite museum houses  giant kites that fly in the Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival every year on the fourth Sunday in May.  The giant kite is replaced every three years.  Volunteers make the giant kite flown at the Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival.  At the museum anyone can attend lessons on making these giant kites.

Yokaichi Giant Kite Museum
Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Telephone: 0748-23-0081

 

 
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