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Shoko Shuseikan

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Address: 9698-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 992471511
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally...

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 Shoko Shuseikan and neighboring Sengan-en were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution. Entrance fee includes access to Sengan-en.

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Shoko Shuseikan - cultural property

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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, it is beside Sengenen Garden, and the ticket to Sengenen entitles you to enter this... More 

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5 of 5 stars 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. It costs extra. Althought some room can also be seen from the outside.

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4 of 5 stars 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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

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.

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5 of 5 stars 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 waters, the lord of the Satsuma clan promoted modernization and industrialization projects and constructed an... More 

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