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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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Like many others, we stumbled across this free museum on our way back to the train station from the canal. We didn't expect to stay long but it was actually very interesting and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Dorset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Like many others, we stumbled across this free museum on our way back to the train station from the canal. We didn't expect to stay long but it was actually very interesting and well worth a visit. There was a very informative video in English explaining the role of the Bank of Japan and explaining the need for price stability,... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Just wandered into this museum to get out of the cold. It was more than worth it. Having visited a number of museums throughout Japan, I appreciated the quality of English translation here. There were lots of historical pictures. I'm also an accountant by day, so personally found the information interesting. Definitely worth a visit in poor weather and worth... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

Address: 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 134-21-1111
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Hokkaido  >  Otaru
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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