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Ryozen Museum of History

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Ryozen Museum of History

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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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Jay wrote a review May 2019
Canberra, Australia12 contributions6 helpful votes
This isn't a good or bad review. Just a warning to English speakers. On our first attempt to visit, we hiked the long walk uphill from the bus-stop in 34° heat. The museum was closed. We later found hidden away info that the museum isn't open Mondays. This info should be more clearly stated. On our second attempt, it was raining. We made it 20 steps further and were told the museum has no English. We found this unusual as the signs leading to the museum are English and the main gate sign explains what the museum is in English. We were really disappointed we didn't get to enjoy everything the museum has to offer. Hopefully they can add an English audio guide or English translated plaques for future visitors to this beautiful country.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Kwakaku wrote a review May 2017
Sakai, Japan1,695 contributions122 helpful votes
We kept walking along San'nen-zaka Hill, Ninen-zaka Hill, and Ryoma-zaka Hill to get to Ryozen Museum of History. The museum is known (well-known? or who-knows?) with its exhibition of Bakumatsu stuffs; the slippers of San'jo Sanetomi (a royalist noble) , the fan of Takasugi Shinsaku (a royalist samurai of Choshu) , the finger bowl of Katsura Kogoro (another royalist samurai of Choshu)…… Most of them are daily necessities which have nothing to do with the revolution, but were breathtaking for my daughter as well as for other Bakumatsu freaks. Ryozen Museum is built within Ryozen Shrine, which is one of Gokoku (national guardian) shrines which were established in Meiji Era. The exhibition's character is naturally anti-Shogunate and royalist. However, its souvenir shop had rental Shinsen-gumi haori for the guests to take photos with it on. Who cares which party a certain hero belonged as long as he is a hero? My daughter, however, didn’t wear one, and narrowly evaded being called a political opportunist. Ryozen Shrine has a huge grave yard, which has graves or monuments of more than 300 of those who sacrificed themselves for the Meiji Restoration. If you count in those who don't have their own graves but are memorialized in a group, the number will rise to over 1300! The souvenir shop sells a national map which is dotted with the birthplaces of the sacrificed. No wonder Bakumatsu pilgrimage never goes out of fashion. The map demonstrates almost every town in Japan has its own Bakumatsu hero. Moreover, the number, of course, excludes those who sacrificed themselves against the Meiji Restoration, such as Shinsen-gumi. If they were to added, the total number of Bakumatsu heroes will surely soar.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Michael G wrote a review Aug 2011
Cork, Ireland1,368 contributions156 helpful votes
I was wandering around the eastern side of Kyoto, stumbling across pagodas, shrines, etc that seemed to be strewn willy nilly around the foothills and eventually came across the Ryozen Museum, a museum dedicated to the last days of the Shogun and the rise of the Imperial ruling. The guy at the counter warned me that there was no English, but despite this, I got the general gist (in fact, every picture and display had at least a one-liner English description). I enjoyed it a lot.
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Date of experience: April 2011
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