The building that houses this collection is a beautiful piece of engineering and design in itself. But it's what's inside that provides an amazing insight into the Japanese as a culture and society. The museum offers a plethora of information in English. The earthquake experience is full on and the stories of survival and recovery are extensive. The English-speaking staff/volunteers are incredibly friendly and informative. Ask one to take you through the liquefaction experiment.
This museum is easily reached by train; it was less than a 10 minute walk from the Iwaya station.
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