Oita Fragrance Museum
Oita Fragrance Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
What people are saying
GroovyM
By GroovyM
Well curated and make your own scent
5.0 of 5 bubblesDec 2019
I really enjoyed my visit much more than expected. The collection is very well curated with such an extensive collection of fragrances from around the world. Arrive early if you want to avoid a crowd. Also you will need to pay to enter and there is an additional charge to make your own fragrance. Both Women and Men can make different scents! If you are undecided about your visit, I recommend you visit and also make your own personalized bottle. Museum: The well curated museum starts with the history of fragrance. It is very interesting to smell the natural artifacts where the earliest scents were used. Such as from inside a whale and from parts of a beaver. Next you can see a large collection of famous perfumes from around the world and special display of the history of making the unique bottles for the fragrances. Suggest you visit the 1F and 2F display for 30-45 minutes before you make your own. Make your own: When you arrive schedule your time for making your own fragrance. It may be a short wait. There are two options of 30ml and 50ml quantity with additional charge. I chose the 30ml size. You will learn about the way which perfume is made with three levels of scent (top, Middle, end) You can test different scent from the Top, Middle, End and select your preference for either men or women. Then you carefully mix the quantity, with additional smell tests until you reach 30ml or 50ml quantity. It works very well.

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LucerneSau
United Kingdom382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
There are not many perfume factories in Japan that allow guests to make bottles of perfume tailored to their own preferences. Many of these in Europe, including the one in Grasse, France, are packed with tourists that you cannot relax yourself in that environment. So when I knew there is one in Beppu, I instantly added it to my itinerary.

If you only wanted to 'see' the museum, I suggest you need not go there. The main attraction for this museum is to make a bottle of perfume under the guidance of an instructor. I am sure they have instructors that speak very fluent English - NOT the comment in English here saying that it is 'only' tailored for the Japanese people!!

This activity costs Yen 2,200 for a bottle of perfume of 30ml (but an entry fee of Yen 500 is NOT included). It is held on the 3/F of the building, where a very polite and experienced Japanese instructor will guide you from beginning to end.

It is recommended that you book in advance. I booked through "Activity Japan" and there is no need to pay until you were there.

Transport: The most convenient way is to take Bus No 20 at the Beppu Station (outside the East exit that facing the sea; and Not the West exit facing the mountain). It will take about 20 minutes ride and you need to get off the stop called "Beppu University". When you get off the bus, keep walking the same direction as the bus goes and walk a little bit uphill for about 3-5 minutes, the museum is on your left.

If you want to take the same bus back, you should check the time table first. The bus stop going back to Beppu station is on the opposite side of the street outside a Chinese restaurant. Detailed bus time table is posted on the bus stop as well.

There is also a small shop and a restaurant serving coffee and meals in the museum.

Time for perfume making is about half an hour, so including the touring of the small museum, I think an hour or so is enough.
Written July 11, 2018
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GroovyM
Kobe, Japan297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I really enjoyed my visit much more than expected. The collection is very well curated with such an extensive collection of fragrances from around the world. Arrive early if you want to avoid a crowd. Also you will need to pay to enter and there is an additional charge to make your own fragrance. Both Women and Men can make different scents! If you are undecided about your visit, I recommend you visit and also make your own personalized bottle.

Museum:
The well curated museum starts with the history of fragrance. It is very interesting to smell the natural artifacts where the earliest scents were used. Such as from inside a whale and from parts of a beaver. Next you can see a large collection of famous perfumes from around the world and special display of the history of making the unique bottles for the fragrances. Suggest you visit the 1F and 2F display for 30-45 minutes before you make your own.

Make your own:
When you arrive schedule your time for making your own fragrance. It may be a short wait. There are two options of 30ml and 50ml quantity with additional charge. I chose the 30ml size. You will learn about the way which perfume is made with three levels of scent (top, Middle, end) You can test different scent from the Top, Middle, End and select your preference for either men or women. Then you carefully mix the quantity, with additional smell tests until you reach 30ml or 50ml quantity. It works very well.
Written December 30, 2019
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Lorann H
Minneapolis, MN171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was an impressively curated perfume museum. I enjoyed the history of fragrances and especially the scent samples that were throughout the museum. The display of different perfume bottles could be in an art museum. There were many signs in English so I felt I was able to appreciate most of the exhibits. The absolute highlight was being able to make your own custom perfume! It was very well organized and I wish I could go back and do more for gifts, it was such a neat and special experience.
Written December 30, 2019
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Julie C
Singapore185 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
This place is created for Japanese & Japanese speaking tourists.
Not suitable for foreigners.
Museum is very small, everything in japanese, one only need 15 mins to cover the whole place.Entrance fee is 500 yen.
They run an hr chargeable japanese course for those keen to make their own perfume ( tourist trap).
Not recommended unless you have alot of time in yr hand.
Written October 2, 2015
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wanderwoman93
Oregon110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had so much fun at this class. The museum itself was fine, but what really made the cost of admission worth it was the perfume making class. The class does a good job in
taking a complex process and boiling it down to a few key steps. If you need English, they will give you a booklet that is very clear and easy to follow. I loved the scent I made and I’m excited to see how it settles after a little more time. A unique and fun experience!
Written August 6, 2023
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Bluesphynx
Singapore1,630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
Only the true fragrance-lover interested in the origins and varieties of perfume would take the trouble to walk at least 20 minutes from the train station to this rather isolated little museum. It's a pleasant enough walk past bubbling streams and manhole covers in the hotspring town of Beppu to the rather plain building situated next to some student residential flats.
The ground floor features all the popular brands of perfume past and present including the classic Chanel No.5 and Paloma Picasso's sexy, curvy bottle (thought I'd never see it again)! Dipsticks were provided for testing but some of the samples had lost their fragrance and not replaced or renewed. Upstairs there was a history of perfumes and their part in various dynasties including Egypt's Cleopatra, France's Madame la Pompadour and the chinese and Korean courts. Animal sources eg civet cat, musk ox as well as plant sources like sandalwood and myrrh were featured as well. There's not much English to provide detailed informationso you can't spend too much time here. The cafe downstairs is also unremarkable with few interesting souvenirs.
Written February 27, 2014
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Rona S
Tokyo, Japan25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013
To be honest it was my family's last day in Beppu and we had time to kill, and a car and being nearby curiosity got the better of me let's say,,,,,but it wasn't that bad, lots of old reminders of bottles I used to own myself yesteryear e.g. Kouros... very Lol. Information is basically in Japanese and Korean but loads of visuals and samples for enthusiasts. The museum is put together by students of the adjacent university from my understanding. Less the 1 hour should be ample time to see the free floors here (floor 1&2).
Written December 29, 2013
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Curiosity55579888146
Japan2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I found this place while searching online for places to kill time around Beppu Onsen. You can learn about the history of perfume, smell the animal and plant-based ingredients that make up perfume, and have fun with your partner. For an additional 2,500 yen on top of the entrance fee, you can mix and match perfumes to create your own favorite perfume.
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Written February 14, 2024
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