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Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0031, Japan
+81 134-21-1111
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Ranked #7 of 40 Attractions in Otaru
Type: Museums
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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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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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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49 reviews 49 reviews
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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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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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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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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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