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Shoko Shuseikan

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Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. In July, 2015...more
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9698-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1511
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, this was Japan's first Western-style factory. It's now a museum detailing the 700 year Shimazu family history. Lots of old machinery and tools. Be sure to visit the adjacent Japanese-style landscape...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Eddiemack
Reviewed January 31, 2018

It is helpful to have some background history when visiting this Museum. The Tokugawa shogunate adopted an isolation policy from the 16th century. Japan closed its ports to foreigners with the exception of China, Holland and Korea. In the 19th century western countries came to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed November 21, 2017

If machinery and its history is your thing you will love this museum. I had a look at the display and read all the English signage which was most helpful. It makes for an enjoyable stop after exiting the gardens.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Mon55
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

There is both clear English and Japanese illustration in the museum. During the era near the Muji Reform, it clearly illustrated how a 藩主 should survive in the era of changes.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank KarenN_cloud
Reviewed July 4, 2016

Shoko Shuseikan used to be a factory of Satsuma Domain, and now it is transformed to a nice museum. Because I do not have much interest in machinery, I just took a look briefly. If you like machinery, their displays might be quite interesting. Anyway,...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank kimitakas
Reviewed December 6, 2015

The musea in the old factory buildings give a good insight in the modernization efforts mid 19th century. And of the history of this clan and its place in the Meiji restauration. The garden is beautifully layed out and the mansion is worth a visit....More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Frederique V
Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

The museum opened in 1923 using the existing building which was built in 1865 as the former Shuseikan machinery factory. Easy to understand how the Shimadzu family modernized Kagoshima.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Tanaka G
Reviewed March 31, 2015

Does a good job of showing how this prefecture led the way to opening up Japan to trade with the West. Many industries started here. Some English labels so a guide is not essential.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank JillConnecticut
Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Shoko-Shuseikan museum, offers an excellent history of Japan's emergence into the Western World. It adjoins the Satsuma family home and complex. This museum overviews how at the end of the Edo period 1850's and with the appearance of ships from western powers in Japanese...More

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank bbwoods
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