Uemura Naomi, international adventurer, was born in 1941 in rural Hidaka, now Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture. His adventuring career took him around the world, and he was the first person to have climbed the highest mountains of five continents. He disappeared following his solo ascent of Mt. McKinley, Alaska, in 1984.
Visitors can learn about his life and achievements at this museum, designed by architect Kuryu Akira. Watch videos of his expeditions and see all the gear he used mountain-climbing, dog-sledding, and traveling solo to the North Pole. Even climb on his sled or sit in his tent!
I hadn’t heard of Uemura Naomi before visiting this museum, but I was inspired by his story and especially by the spirit of warmth he brought with him around the world. He learned languages and made friends wherever he went, be it Nepal or an Inuit village in Alaska.
He never failed to return to his hometown in Hidaka after an adventure, and he donated his equipment to the people of the town. The museum is located not far from where he grew up. Recommended for visitors to Kinosaki Onsen and other destinations in northern Hyogo.
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed every Wednesday. Open when Wednesday is a national holiday, and closed the following day.
Closed December 28th to January 4th.
Address: 785 Ibu Hidakacho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo Pref. 669-5346
Website: http://www3.city.toyooka.lg.jp/boukenkan/index.html (Japanese only)
How To Get There
Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum
Take the JR Line from Toyooka (2 stops) or Kinosaki-Onsen (4 stops) to Ebara Station. From there, ride the Zentan Bus to Uemura-boukenkan-mae bus stop.