Ryozen Museum of History
Ryozen Museum of History
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Kwakaku
By Kwakaku
Anti-Shogunate Pilgrimage in Kyoto
May 2017
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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Jay
Canberra, Australia12 contributions
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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.
Written May 28, 2019
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Michael G
Cork, Ireland1,407 contributions
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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.
Written August 25, 2011
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Kwakaku
Sakai, Japan2,028 contributions
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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.
Written May 3, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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