Toyooka's Famous Mountaineer
Uemura Naomi was born in Hidaka, a town in modern-day Toyooka City, and is world-renowned as one of man-kind’s most accomplished adventurers.
He began his hobby of climbing during his years at university, and then worked part time in France at a ski-resort where his love for climbing continued to grow. He continued to travel across the world, conquering mountain peaks and traveling to remote areas alone.
Among his many adventures, Naomi’s most famous achievements include being the first person to climb to the top of Mt. Denali in Alaska solo in winter, sailing the Amazon River on a handmade raft, and being the first person to reach the North Pole solo by dog sled.
During his descent from Mount Denali, Uemura Naomi lost contact and has never been heard from since.
The Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum is located in Hidaka, not far from Naomi’s childhood home.
Exhibits include postcards Naomi wrote to family and friends, equipment used during his adventures, and hands-on activities for children and adults such as a climbable dogsled, tent, and a 25 kg backpack visitors can try and carry like Naomi did on his trips.
Also found in the museum is CAFE iNUUK, a small cafe that serves Starbucks coffee, and a gift shop selling Uemura Naomi original goods.
One of Uemura Naomi’s dreams was to open a school for children to learn about adventuring and enjoy outdoor activities.
Donguri Base, an indoor and outdoor play area behind the Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, houses a wide array of activities for both children and adults such as tree climbing, a rock climbing wall, camping, and an indoor net playground.
Information listed below was last updated 08/2023 and is subject to change.Contact the business directly for updated information. Note, most businesses can only speak Japanese.
- Business Name
- Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum
- Business Hours
- 9:00~17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
- Holidays / Closed
- Wednesdays (the following Thursday if Wednesday is a national holiday)
This site is in Japanese.
- Entrance Fee
Museum Area: 550 yen high school student and above, 330 yen 3 years old and above
Donguri Base: 330 yen high school student and above, 550 yen 3 years old and above
Museum and Donguri Base: 770 yen high school student and above, 770 yen 3 years old and above
- Language Support
Sorry, but only Japanese is spoken.
- Free parking
785 Hidakacho Ibu, Toyooka, Hyogo 669-5391