Seicho Matsumoto, winner of the Akutagawa Prize (Japanese literary award), is undeniably Kitakyushu’s most famous modern writer.
Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum paints a fascinating portrait of his life and the many works he left to this world during the four decades he was active as a writer.
One floor provides a comprehensive overview of his many literary endeavors, with a giant chronology and a video documentary on his works of nonfiction giving visitors a glimpse into his life.
The museum also houses a number of Seicho’s possessions, such as his manuscripts and a camera that he took with him when gathering information for his work, and features an area reconstructing parts of his house, from his study and library to his drawing room, giving a sense of his passion as a writer.
Make sure to check out the museum shop for unique Seicho goods!
|Address||2-3 Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City 803-0813|
|Opening hours||9:30–18:00 (Last admission at 17:30.)|
|Closed days||December 29th–31st|
|Fare||Adults: 600, JHS / HS students: 360, Elementary school students: 240|
|Access||An 5-minute walk from JR Nishi Kokura Station|