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Takayama Showa Museum

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Address: 6 Shimo Ichinomachi, Takayama 506-0843, Gifu Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 577-33-7836
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Nostalgic and educational

I loved looking at the old electronics and my friend loved the midget car (you can sit inside). The old school educational tools were neat and the abacus/calculator was cool. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2016
Kingston, Canada
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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I loved looking at the old electronics and my friend loved the midget car (you can sit inside). The old school educational tools were neat and the abacus/calculator was cool. A great look into a period of large changes in this country.

Thank HercatRawek
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

After all that deep history in Japan, an exhibition crowded with the material culture of the 1950s and 1960s was at least different. And fun, as well as fascinating. Perhaps not to every international visitor's taste but it did it for me.

Thank Radix7
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

In the back of a candy shop is an eclectic display of japanese memorabilia from the 50's, 60's ,70's. From old cameras ,bikes. electronics,hairdressers and doctors surgery , lot's of quirky stuff. Good for a rainy day.

Thank Ozkiwi58
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

This place is an amazing collection of junk (other man's treasure?) The stuff is arranged in a series of rooms and then in whatever space is left over. Looks like the worlds biggest garage sale. Takayama has so many other things to see that are much more representative of Japaneses history and culture to choose from.

Thank Don L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Fun for a look around at cars, motorbikes, cameras, TVs, even a little barbershop from back in the 50's. If you enjoy poking around a bit of history then it's worth a look. Entrance is through a lolly shop, a hidden gem.

Thank Amanda G
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Definitely worth going. It was just sold when I went so hopefully they don'T change anything in the Museum part. It is just too funky!

Thank Vavagabelle
Mid Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Temples, shrines and edo buildings are the main attraction in Takayama but it's good to get a change of pace. Loved this museum. It's crammed full of fun items and rather cleverly laid out. Don't know if the owner is a fan of American Pickers but I'd love to see Dave and Frank rummaging around this place. Worth an hour... More 

Thank 911bella
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

As soon as I stepped into the museum, I felt transported to a different time. Maybe it was the music, maybe it was the memorabilia or maybe it was a combination of both as each "room" incredibly made me feel as though I was back in the Showa period. Though I was born toward the end of the timeline, many... More 

Thank Ashley D
Nagasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

A great museum (doesn't look like a museum from outside) which displays so many and variety of things (camera, tv, food, goods) from Showa period. Takayama Showa Kan (Showa refers to the time period, 1926-1989, and Kan means hall) offers old times of Japan which you don't see in Japan now. If you have seen any Japanese movies from 1950-1970,... More 

Thank Chontaro05
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

We stumbled on this place by accident and returned several times as there was just so much to see. Nothing of great value but a fascinating record of a couple of decades that many visitors will actually remember well. A delightful to spend an afternoon.

Thank LollypopSunshine

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