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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

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Address: 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 134-21-1111
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Magnificient Bank Structure

By chance, we visited the Bank of Japan Museum at night time. Although the museum was closed at 5 pm each day, we could still took some nice photos from outside. Entrance to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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166 reviews 166 reviews
137 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

By chance, we visited the Bank of Japan Museum at night time. Although the museum was closed at 5 pm each day, we could still took some nice photos from outside. Entrance to the museum is free and we willtry to spare sometime later to enter the bank and try to test the actual weight of paper money thereat

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Seoul, South Korea
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199 reviews 199 reviews
131 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I could feel different construction style in Otaru in general. This building is also unique. What I liked, the ceiling looks like I am at one of buildings in Indo-china,... The safe where you can find palettes of bills stack, is also interesting. Some of places, you can see hologram of the hidden letters on Japanese bills, to avoid any... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I work in the finance industry & it is worth an hour to see a branch office, esp that it is on my way fr the train station to the canal/shopping district. I don't know whether there is other BoJ HQ/branch that is open to visitor.

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brisbane, australia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
36 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The outside of the Bank of Japan Museum is a magnificent piece of architecture but it was a rare opportunity to see what an old-style Japanese bank looked like from the inside. Entry is free. The old counter where the tellers stood occupied the full width of the main room. The vault at the rear was the most interesting. Huge... More 

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Singapore
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137 reviews 137 reviews
70 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

An educational experience for my kids. We spent quite some time there and it was a good insight to banking in Japan.

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London
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878 reviews 878 reviews
668 attraction reviews
776 helpful votes 776 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Free entry to the Bank of Japan building which dates from 1868 and is one of many old historical buildings you will encounter as you stroll around Otaru. The exhibits are OK but mainly in Japanese. The best bit is the walk into what was once the vault ... albeit the money in there now is definitely fake

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Bangkok, Thailand
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151 reviews 151 reviews
64 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

It's right in the centre of town and free, so nothing to lose by stopping by. However, a lot of information is not displayed in English.

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Hawaii
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

It was a free exhibit. The guard gave us a free English guide to the exhibit. it had free lockers to put your stuff in, so you could walk around unencumbered. I liked seeing how the bank ran and how Japan's monetary system evolved.

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Nagoya, Japan
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162 reviews 162 reviews
69 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

This is anice cetaiur around the city... it has a marvelous period archtechtural design not of Japan... better higlighted with flood lights as to be seen in the early evenings. The museum course is for free, but donations are most welcome... it is all about money, money money...in Yens of course

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Off the beaten pathy of the canal and shops but so worth going just to see a billion yen! The staff are friendly and the experience was great -- I even had my passport stamped in the lobby! Worth a visit and there is guidance in English as well.

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