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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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Interesting visit

We walked past the museum and decided to visit the museum. Entry is free and we learnt lot of the banking system in Hokkaido and Japan. The bank (now museum) was built at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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73 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a peek as it's on the way to the Canal and its free. You can check out the security features of the Yen note and imagine yourself in the bank vault with stacks of money. Lots of historical facts and can view how the Yen note design has changed over time.

Thank Danny L
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76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We walked past the museum and decided to visit the museum. Entry is free and we learnt lot of the banking system in Hokkaido and Japan. The bank (now museum) was built at the equivalent of US$3700 at the time!! With the help of the staff, we understood the Yen security system (uv. Fine prints.) and how to prevent counterfeiting.... More 

1 Thank GohYH93
Los Angeles, California
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313 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Kids got to see a nice bank vault and got an understanding on how money in printed and stored. On the way from Otaru station to Otaru Canal.

Thank daikin
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105 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank HappyFamily0f3
Okinawa, Japan
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30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 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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296 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 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

Seoul, South Korea
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297 reviews
201 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 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 

Thank Hee_Sung_K
Hong Kong, China
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank Fau1966
brisbane, australia
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127 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 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 

Thank swordfish24
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214 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 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.

Thank BertSG

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