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3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-0073, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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The neighboring Yasukuni-jinja is pretty unassuming, but this place is the real deal. It presents an overview of the history of the Japanese military, from medieval times through World War II. Factual truth or neutrality was obviously not a major concern for those that designed...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank igoremu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting exhibits relating to Japans military history, including interesting displays of armour, weapons etc dating back to the early samurais. The WWII section gave some interesting insight into the Japanese perspective on what occurred and why.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Barbarella83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this Japanese war museum was a real insight into how the Japanese view the fate of their nation in the Second World War. The displays are fascinating and very interesting to look at, especially the aircraft and naval displays. Many of the storyboards are...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ewsa10
Reviewed August 30, 2019 via mobile

Yes there are war criminals from WW2 interned next door in the shrine, and yes some of the history has a Japanese slant on it but if you are well read in your colonial history you will also see some the accurate portrayal of British,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank stevehe159
Reviewed August 2, 2019

This is Japan’s war museum established in 1882 and stores 100,000 articles including paintings, works of art armour and weapons. Very interesting for history buffs. Although it does give Japan’s perspective of the wars. There is a lot to see and read and can take...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank zitatravel
Reviewed May 3, 2019

This is a meticulously gathered war memorabilia collection that serves one purpose: to present certain point of view. The place is full of artifacts, photos, diagrams, facts. And while I am always interested in learning how different cultures/countries see the worlds events that many others...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hodok17
Reviewed April 29, 2019

近現代の戦史、戦争にまつわる様々な資料・兵器・遺品が展示されている宝物館。1階には靖国神社に合祀された英霊の写真や家族とやり取りしていた手紙などが展示されている。各展示の解説は英語も併記されている。そのためか海外からの観光客の来館も多い。 一部で当時の日本国軍を礼賛する展示や表示もあるが、あくまで当時の空気感を表現しているもので、ほとんどの解説の内容はこれまで研究されてきた近現代の戦史の事実をそのまま伝えている。展示数や展示部屋が多く、全てを鑑賞する目安の時間は2時間と言われているが、それ以上の時間を要する可能性もある。説明の内容は分かりやすい文章で書かれているものの高度で、日本が関わった戦争は複雑に絡み合う世界の戦争史にも当然関わってくるため非常に多岐にわたる。小学生以下であればかなり退屈に感じるかもしれない。当時の情勢や戦争に至るまで、また停戦・終戦に至るまでのプロセス、そこから現在に至るまでを学ぶ(あるいは学び直す)上で重要な施設であることは間違いない。 日本人としての誇りを取り戻す、あるいは戦争に傾倒する展示を忌み嫌う、色々想いあるだろう。そうした議論も往年の資料や品々を見ることで語り合うことが出来る。未来を形作るために過去があるが、決して封印できないし封印してはいけない。良し悪し関係なく、より良い未来を形作るために必要な過去が、ここには詰まっているように思う。 It is a museum that is exhibited modern war history, various materials, weapons, and artifacts related to war. The first floor are exhibited the photos of the spirits of war who have been enshrined in Yasukuni Shrine and those letters of their...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Cyber0515
Reviewed April 14, 2019

This was worth a visit- especially if you are interested in history. It covered mainly 1854-1952. It is interesting to see how different countries portray the same events- here there was an interesting take on the events of WW2 from the Japanese side.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank B T
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

An amazing collection used to support the most egregious historical revisionism with outright propaganda. I feel soiled after visiting. All the war dead were ‘martyrs’ including the ‘unjustly convicted’ Class A criminals. There was no Nanjing Massacre (aka the Rape of Nanking). The well-disciplined Japanese...More

Date of experience: November 2018
6  Thank Pindoctor_John
Reviewed October 5, 2018

It is a well planned museum with many galleries and auditoriums. Most displays are explained in Japanese language. The exhibits are quite an eye-opener. Good educational trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around
the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in
Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a
photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old
Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this
day, and there are long-standing restaurants with
geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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April 26, 2017|
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Friday 9AM–4:30PM Saturday (Shōwa Day) 9AM–4:30PM Hours might differ Sunday 9AM–4:30PM Monday 9AM–4:30PM Tuesday 9AM–4:30PM Wednesday (Constitution Memorial Day) 9AM–4:30PM Hours might differ Thursday (Greenery... More