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  • B C
    47 contributions
    Stopped here on a road trip with teens. We all thought it was a pretty cool place. See the origins of Toyota which had its roots in textile. Very cool demonstrations. Recommend if in the areas.
    Written August 21, 2022
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  • Toya_Muyani
    Metro Manila, Philippines8 contributions
    Went around the area, the place was not as crowded due to the pandemic but it was not too worrying to walk around and enjoy. Reading through different stories embossed on the stones and signages make you appreciate life right now. Very beautiful and
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • TomKXY
    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan162 contributions
    If you're a fan of Doraemon this will not disappoint. It can be difficult to get tickets but is fun for the whole family. You can see how manga was made in the old days and experience many Doraemon memorabilia. However, it may not be what you expect if you want to see anime. The gift shop will be busy at closing time so I recommend going there before that.
    Written April 28, 2020
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
    It is a museum by using the old headquarters of Kyushu Railway. SL and some old express trains are displayed, and you can enter the wagons and sit on the seats. Not only for the lovers of railway, but also for children, this museum is suitable.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • lovetotravel88888888
    Tokyo, Japan222 contributions
    We decided to go here because it was very different from the normal touristy attractions. But let me tell you it didn’t disappoint the way it is set up is amazing. Lights set in such a way to enhance the features of each room. The place just kept going it was huge once you got underground. Please remember to take a jacket it is quite cool down there.
    Written February 10, 2020
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  • Monty Stubble
    1 contribution
    Having driven along Mikasa Street in Barrow in Furness, the Cumbrian town where the Mikasa was built, I felt I had to visit the ship while in Tokyo.
    Sadly she's now landlocked but there's still lots to see and the ship has been sympathetically restored to the best possible condition.
    I spent a while talking to one of the guides, a retired submariner who had been to Barrow so the circle was complete.
    Well worth a trip if you're interested in such things
    Written April 13, 2021
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  • creepygeek
    Seattle, WA20 contributions
    Glad I visited - lots of beautiful traditional houses and buildings brought to this serene site for preservation. Spent about 3 hours here and took tons of lovely photos.
    Written December 25, 2019
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  • Erkki N
    Finland872 contributions
    This bonsai museum gives you a thorough introduction to the art of the bonsai. Different species and styles of the trees and aspects in their nursing and display are presented throughout the museum that has several sections. The tour ends in a courtyard with most impressive collection of large bonsai trees that are at least 200 years old, the oldest ones even 1000 years old! Taking photos is not allowed in all areas, but permitted at least in parts of the open air collection.

    Saitama is a bit far away from the central Tokyo, but reasonably easy to reach by train. If you have several days to spend in Tokyo and have interest in the art of the bonsai, Saitama has also several bonsai nurseries you might be interested in. All in all, this museum is a heaven for any bonsai tree enthusiast!
    Written August 9, 2020
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    Having recently visited Okinawa and learnt about the sinking of the Japanese Battleship "Yamato" during WWII, I was sufficiently interested in visiting the Yamato Museum that I deviated from my route to Hiroshima to take in Kure.
    Even though the exhibit is only a 1/10th scale model of a Yamato Class Battleship, it is hard to avoid the 'Wow' factor presented by this impressive model - itself over 86ft. long. Well-presented in a modern purpose-built building; you can view the vessel at deck level on the Ground Floor, step down to a Basement Level to view the keel or take the escalator to upper galleries to view from above. More than 70-years after the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed was sunk (April 1945) on its' way from Kyushu to Okinawa, it's hard not to be impressed by its' 9No. 18-inch main guns and its' host of smaller armaments mid-ships. I was particularly interested in the trolley system for launching the Nakajima E8N biplane seaplane used for reconnaissance purposes.
    Elsewhere in the museum there are other interesting exhibits including a Zero fighter and midget submarines.
    Written July 15, 2019
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  • Ava M
    Chicago, IL7 contributions
    They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the making of some of his films. I bought a lot from the gift store!
    Written February 6, 2021
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  • Banda-in-Japan
    Tokyo, Japan454 contributions
    This museum is set up in a former sake brewery to evoke a sake brewery of at least a century ago. There is even a very unusual ceramic vat once used for fermentation. Other barrels and brewing equipment are also displayed. A massive poster provides a timeline of the entire brewing process.

    There is a delightfully appointed tasting room as well as a cozier refreshment area and, of course, an excellent shop. We did a tasting of two sakes and their plum wine. All excellent! We finished with a taste of the spring water they use in their sake (brewed at a more modern brewery nearby).
    Written October 23, 2021
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  • 4aru
    Singapore, Singapore150 contributions
    Just finished with the museum tour. Like all things Japanese an absolute pleasure. The weather was perfect with temperature of 21 deg C, bright and sunny afternoon.
    It is approx 32 mins by JR rail fast train from Hiroshima main station.
    The museum is about 570 metres from Kure station. Can't miss.
    Written August 5, 2019
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  • Jason B
    12 contributions
    The kaikan museum has excellent displays of vehicles and interactive pieces to helps explain aspects of how vehicles are produced. The interactive displays add some fun to the learning experience.
    Written November 17, 2019
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    Arriving in Nagoya by train around mid-morning on a Sunday, my initial intention was to park my luggage in a locker at Nagoya Station and take in the Railway Museum before checking-in to my hotel. The Museum (in the Port area of Nagoya) is only accessible by taking the (private) Aonami Line train to the terminus station of Kinjo-Futo. Luggage parked, I made my way to the Aonami Line Transfer Gate at the far side of Nagoya Station only to be confronted by a queue of several hundred people (and crowd control measures in place), ...... simply to access the few ticket machines for the Aonami Line. I abandoned my proposed itinerary and headed off to the Toyota Museum instead.
    Later I was to discover that the other major attraction adjacent to Kinjo-Futo Station is Legoland; probably a very popular destination on a Sunday. The Railway Museum is open on Mondays, so the following day I headed out for v.2 of my itinerary; no queue at the ticket machines but the train about to depart was already standing room only. As a late 60-something, I didn't fancy standing for the 24-min journey, so elected to get seated the next train on the opposite platform which was due to depart 15-mins later. Although this train too was packed by departure, I was relieved to find that virtually all the passengers, on arrival at Kinjo-Futo, headed off towards Legoland. Although it was raining heavily, the Museum is an ideal destination in inclement weather as there is a covered walkway from the Station to the Museum entrance.
    Having toured Japanese Railway Museums in Kyoto and Kyushu on previous visits and rated them highly, the Nagoya exhibits were equally impressive. On entry, three items of rolling stock that set world speed records (C62 Steam Locomotive, 300X Shinkansen and Superconducting Maglev) are stunningly presented in near darkness. Walk through to the spacious open hall beyond and the advances in high-speed railway technology are showcased from early Electric Railcars to the latest Shinkansen. For me, the Railway Park is memorable for its' impressive array of various iterations of Shinkansen from Series 0 (1964) through to the latest Series N700 (displayed outside).
    Written May 9, 2020
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  • KlapauciusJapan
    Japan666 contributions
    Still the same excellent dinosaur museum. They seem to change some exhibits slightly every now and then, as I always notice something new whenever I visit again.

    You need to book online to visit, either in the morning or afternoon.
    It can be still be crowded inside, depending on the time slot and day.
    Masks are required to enter the museum, and there is disinfectant located at various places.

    There is currently a special exhibit about dinosaur footprints, which was interesting.
    I suggest checking their website to find out what special exhibits they might have at the time when you visit.
    Written February 25, 2021
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