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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

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Address: 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
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My kids had fun with the interactive displays. There was a chunk of 10 million yen bank notes for you to lift. There was a bank vault. Like most museums in Japan, the displays... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

My kids had fun with the interactive displays. There was a chunk of 10 million yen bank notes for you to lift. There was a bank vault. Like most museums in Japan, the displays are geared towards Japanese public and most descriptions were in Japanese. I was fascinated by the displays and was sorry I could not understand more. Free... More 

Thank waijgjy
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Very interesting place if you interested in money. Very informative and give a insight into money printing.

Thank pioneertraveller
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Great visit for children as they explain how money is produced and the history of Japan's currency. There is also a small gift counter at a corner before you leave.

1 Thank fairus26
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This building was located just at the junction and the architecture of the building looked old. But it's interesting and good for photo taking. Didn't visit the inside though.

1 Thank alanyeo76
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This building the Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan is definitely worth a visit as it's architecturally magnificent

1 Thank daikin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Grand old historic building. Very contrast architecture design compared to most. Nice to add to your photo album.

1 Thank Jeff21C
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

It's a historical site where the Bank of Japan was based, creating the stable economy and currency necessary for the development of the country, and the building is pretty but not enough to go way out of your way for.

1 Thank njvacationer724
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

The Otaru Branch of the Bank of Japan is the home to a wonderful collection of exhibits detailing the origins of the Bank of Japan, as well as how it established itself, an exhibit on the printing of money and the vault of the Bank (open to the public). Being allowed to hold a fake pack of JPY 10m is... More 

1 Thank Laurens v
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The museum provided an informative history about itself and Otaru. It is not as big as I expected though. Most of the information are in Japanese.

1 Thank Roy F
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

The museum is not that big, so one hour is more then enough. I very much enjoyed it even though a lot was only available in Japanese.

1 Thank JillianMay

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