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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

Address: 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 134-21-1111
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Ranked #6 of 47 Attractions in Otaru
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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brisbane, australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
32 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
69 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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668 attraction reviews
709 helpful votes 709 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
150 helpful votes 150 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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34 reviews 34 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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