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Address: 1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
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Phone Number: +81 134-21-1111
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The museum provided an informative history about itself and Otaru. It is not as big as I expected though. Most of the information are in Japanese.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 26, 2016
Roy F
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

It's a historical site where the Bank of Japan was based, creating the stable economy and currency necessary for the development of the country, and the building is pretty but not enough to go way out of your way for.

Thank njvacationer724
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

The Otaru Branch of the Bank of Japan is the home to a wonderful collection of exhibits detailing the origins of the Bank of Japan, as well as how it established itself, an exhibit on the printing of money and the vault of the Bank (open to the public). Being allowed to hold a fake pack of JPY 10m is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The museum provided an informative history about itself and Otaru. It is not as big as I expected though. Most of the information are in Japanese.

Thank Roy F
Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The museum is not that big, so one hour is more then enough. I very much enjoyed it even though a lot was only available in Japanese.

Thank JillianMay
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This is the only museum of its kind that I have ever visited. It is informative as well as interactive. I cant recall of any country being so forth coming about its central bank and its currency. The 18 minute video about currency, as the last poi before exiting this museum, is worth viewing.

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

It was very interesting to have a look around the inside of this grand building, it looks great from the outside and when I read who designed it I thought no wonder . The Architect Kingo Tatsuno did lots of the banks building but he also was the Architect of the amazing Tokyo Station . There had been a bank... More 

1 Thank roy v
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2016

The building look more like a Victorian building then a Japanese one. But inside the museum you will a very wide collection of musical box which is very goods and rare to find in other places. A good place to suevinier for loved ones.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

This small but interesting free museum about the history of money in Japan is in a famous old bank building with lovely architecture of the period. A close walk to the shopping street and small scenic canal, the museum also has clean restrooms. Most of the displays are in Japanese, but they give you an English printout that explains the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Inside of the building is nice. However majority of the display are in Japanese. They did give us a sheet of paper in English. Nothing to wow about

Thank EastmeetsWestAB
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

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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