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The Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Museum

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Address: 1-38, Tateishich, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8385 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Music box museum

Music Box Museum in Arashiyama; cute little museum where they still have old school music boxes on display (those with a ballarina dancing and turning rounds).

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Quack H
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't tell much if you only look from outside. But, Inside the Music Box museum, it was awesome. This is my first time visit this Arashiyama Orgel Museum and my wife & me really love it. You can enjoy good coffee while hear a good Big Piano Music Box, a guide tour to the museum and experience the most... More 

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Music Box Museum in Arashiyama; cute little museum where they still have old school music boxes on display (those with a ballarina dancing and turning rounds).

1 Thank Quack H
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The museum is located along the busy street of Arashiyama centre. By chance we have a cup of coffee and cake on ground floor of the building and allowed to pay a short visit to the museum free of charge. There were quite a number of mechanical music boxes inside the museum and all the descriptions were in Japanese. We... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We paid for the guided tour on the 2nd Level and were treated to a wonderful display of many types of Orgels. The guide was very meticulous in sharing the historical context of each orgel and went into a detailed explanation of their operating mechanisms too. There are some unique Orgels that are only wound up for a performance at... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Just a short walk from Saga Torokko station this museum has some amazing music boxes, including the oldest music box in the world. We arrived and got a giggle from the entry fee sign: discounts for couples and an extra discount for me getting a kiss on the cheek from hubby! We were just in time for a display by... More 

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Strassen, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

I was really fascinating by the antique music boxes that they have! I hardly had problems with explanation in japanese but it wasn't really a big bother to me. I really liked it! amazing people, beautiful melodies. Wonderful museum!

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Reviewed 12 December 2015

Fascinating museum dedicated to "music boxes." I was expecting small, tabletop music boxes but was pleasantly surprised to find large, scale mechanical music machines, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We made it just in time for the last tour of the day. The tour was in Japanese, but the guide was so charming and enthusiastic that... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Being a collector of Antique Mechanical Music instruments this was a very nice museum to find in Japan and Kyoto by chance. When it also showed up to be very tidy and with demonstrations of the boxes and the automatas on display finnishing of with the grand piano playing aeolian paper rolls my day was done. A nice cafe on... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2015

Arashiyama is not where you would expect to find a large collection of European automata and musical ephemera, but its here! Outside an organ grinder played lovely tunes and made my son a lovely balloon motorcycle, for free! So we went in. The entrance fee is Yen1000 and for that you can wander around amongst the many fine old (c19... More 

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