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  • SDemi
    Singapore, Singapore87 contributions
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    There are no words to describe the tragedy portrayed in this museum. In an instant, lives vanished, turned to dust. The survivors suffered immense trauma, both physically and emotionally. The exhibition is incredibly well made, the silence is almost deafening and you can see the faces of visitors turning from relaxed to stunned.
    I honestly cannot convey how touching and emotional this exhibition is.

    I’ve waited 40 years to visit and it was incredibly touching.
    Written July 5, 2024
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  • Melissa B
    Saint Louis, MO1,270 contributions
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    Lots to look at. You have the option of buying a ticket for general admission or adding the special exhibition, but we opted out of the exhibition. We had abundant time in Tokyo so we visited the museum, but we wouldn’t call it a “must-see” as a recommendation to travelers trying to pack the most important sites into a short trip.

    Art isn’t really our thing, but we still enjoyed an afternoon doing a quiet, indoor activity.
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • Harsh J
    Charleston, SC5 contributions
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    The museum itself has a beautiful facade and architecture. The design itself makes very good use of natural light.

    But hidden in it are horrific stories of the aftermath of the atomic bomb. The horrors of war do ring as true today as it does in the past. Wouldn’t post too much of the exhibition but hope anyone who has the time and is in the area will spend an hour or 2 in the exhibition.
    Written May 29, 2024
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  • NorfolkTraveller22
    Diss, UK136 contributions
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    Well worth a trip - lovely exhibition, amazing building. I spent around 3 hours looking at the various displays. Truly fascinating and gives a great understanding of the Edo period.

    Staff were fantastic.

    I visited in October 2019...just never wrote the review.
    Written April 15, 2022
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  • Julie P
    Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
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    We had so much fun exploring the open air museum and learning about village life in Hida. It is set in a beautiful location. There are lots of interactive activities. I think we spent an hour just in the first 100m of the park. They have traditional clothes and props to pose for photos. Additionally, there were traditional water pistols and games - plus feeding fish and ducks. My two boys (8 & 6) loved it. We spent four hours there and didn't see every house or exhibit. There are also lots of traditional craft activities. We only did one but the boys wanted to do more. Also because it is not so large, the boys had a bit of independence to explore while we could still keep an eye on them from across the pond. If you're interested in learning about traditional village life without doing a full day tour, I highly recommend.
    Written June 24, 2024
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  • Harsimran S
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views from top.
    Prefer going around sunset.
    Next to Gondola this is the best place to visit in town.
    Written August 3, 2023
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  • rmartinmitch
    Boston, MA608 contributions
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    We had a chance to visit the Chiran Peace Museum during our recent trip to Japan. The name 'peace museum' is a bit ironic as the museum celebrates the lives of the Japanese kamikaze pilots who died crashing their planes into enemy targets during WW2. You see their pictures and the poems to their families that they were forced to write before their final take-offs. You learn that they were mostly young men, asked to give their lives for an emperor who would almost certainly not have returned the favor. Sad and hopefully a real lesson for us today.

    Very touching and also very well presented.

    A must-see if you are in the area.
    Written December 7, 2023
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  • Bernard W
    Dallas, TX1,915 contributions
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    Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is free and just as its name states. The Hall of Remembrance contains 140,000 tiles representing the number of people who died.Three is a 360degree panorama as seen from the Shima Hospital, the hypocenter of the bombing. In the center is a fountain asa clock at 8:15 am —the time the bomb dropped. From March 1, 2024 to February 28, 2025 there is a special video exhibit about the 4000 Akatsuki Corps; very very interesting and captivating.
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • Rob T
    Abbotsford, Canada256 contributions
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    An excellent village! We were on a tour with a guide, but the best part was taking off our shoes and going into the buildings. My favourite was a personal shrine in one of the houses.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • chasingtheskies
    Palmdale, CA108 contributions
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    I visited here twice and the charm still hasn't worn off!

    From the rolling stock exhibit to the HO gauge diorama featuring 20 trains to the restaurant with views of the adjacent shinkansen tracks to the simulators, there's so much to do for any railfan, transit enthusiast, etc! I've went with friends who have visited the sister museums in Kyoto and Nagoya and it's unanimous that this one is their favorite.

    I ended up winning one of the raffles in the phone app to pay Y600 and drive one of the miniature trains which was a nice little experience (though I'd probably fail as a train operator after blowing past a couple stations!) A friend succeeded in getting one of the simulator opportunities that allowed him to operate a virtual train from one stop to another.

    We dined at both the View Restaurant facing the shinkansen tracks (avoid peak meal time hours for better chances of getting a table directly next to the tables!) as well as the Train Restaurant which attempts to give the vibe of a dining car but with using former dining car plating for the dishes!

    One amenity that I found interesting was that there were a couple kiosks that offered ekiben/train station bentos...and retired railcars with functioning traytables where you can enjoy your meal inside !

    I'd definitely come back again especially since I still have to try out the English audioguide within the app. Speaking of which, downloading the app in advance is a must especially if you want to make the most of the visit and to take advantage of the raffle draws for experiences like the miniature train and simulators!
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • petertaylor57
    Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
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    This collection of Meiji period buildings should interest all history buffs as well as those looking for an interesting day out. The park covers all areas of life from trains to migration to brighter prospects. For me, the jewel in the crown is Frank Lloyd Wright's old Imperial Hotel. Sit in the lobby, admire the architecture and picture yourself in the 1920s with loads of white suited staff around to cater for your every need. Only downside - it can get very crowded.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Tara B
    8 contributions
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    So beautiful to see at night (one of the few temples accessible 24-hours a day). This unique shrine is well worth a visit when you're exploring Akihabara!
    Written March 16, 2024
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont7,547 contributions
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    If you use the Sendai Loople bus, get off at Stop #4 for Zuihoden. The bus was very crowded, so we knew all the sites would be as well. It was sakura season and we expected this would be the case, nevertheless, the buses were as full as the Tokyo metro at rush hour, but running late thus it became difficult to plan a route and pick up times.

    Once you get off the bus, there is a very long - but pleasant - uphill walk under very tall, very old cedar trees. It is not a difficult walk, but the paving stones underfoot can be tricky. You can either walk up the stone steps or stay on the ramp along the side of the stairs - we shifted from one to the other.

    Date Masamune’s mausoleum is in an isolated spot in the compound under tall trees. Beyond its own entrance gate there are more stairs. The path continues under the trees to two other family members’ mausoleums of a similar style - allow time for all of them. The main draw here is the Mausoleum of Date Masamune and if your time is limited this is what you should see.

    The brilliantly painted carving with gold embellishments could be described as garish; the brightness of the whole is, of course, because, this is a modern reconstruction due to extensive damage in the war. Be aware that you can not walk around the building which is protected by fencing: visitors are confined to the area in front of the building.

    Visitor’s tip: entrance fee ¥550, but if you show your Loople Bus Pass there is discount of ¥100.
    Written March 19, 2024
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  • ZenDark30
    Portland, OR4,262 contributions
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    This is not a theme park, it’s a real life functioning village listed by UNESCO as a heritage site. Here, the community has retained the traditional architecture of thatched roofs and wooden buildings.

    It’s fun to walk around, eat soba and take photos. There’s dozens of your buses or you can drive yourself.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • Foliageink T
    Houston, TX152 contributions
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    Edo period is a very important time for the development of Tokyo. Although this is not a big museum, it reconstructed a community with different types of houses that existed in the Edo period. When I went, there were MANY tour guides who were more than willing to tell me everything I wanted to know about the buildings/trade/attire of the people who lived in that period.

    Two guides who accompanied me even invited me to enter the exhibitory houses and look at many household items as they explain to me the what they were used for. I only had one day in Tokyo at the time and didn't have enough time to visit the bridges and underground tunnels of Tokyo. But I felt this place gave me a glance of Tokyo before it was modernized with roads and bridges.

    I stayed here for only 2 hrs but felt I could've stayed longer if I didn't have a completely packed schedule.

    This museum is about 5 min walking distance from the subway station and is located in a very quiet neighborhood.
    Written July 1, 2024
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