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Takayama Showa Museum

6 Shimo Ichinomachi, Takayama 506-0843, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-33-7836
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Truly hands on exposure to mid 20th Century design

Japan is a country of high contrasts and this museum is perfectly located in the sedate, historic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Unexpected surprise .

Nice place . Went inside the store and found out there is a museum inside . Not big - it will not... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
Thornhill, Canada
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“barber shop” (3 reviews)
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6 Shimo Ichinomachi, Takayama 506-0843, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-33-7836
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Japan is a country of high contrasts and this museum is perfectly located in the sedate, historic town of Takayama. It is truly hands on and a great place to see the natives [at least the teenagers] let their hair down. Very rich experience for...More

Thank Sirporkpie
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Nice place . Went inside the store and found out there is a museum inside . Not big - it will not take more that 30 min of anyone's time but a lot of interesting things to see that would take you back in time...More

Thank Minskgirl81
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Accidentally came across the museum whilst working the streets of the old town in Takayama. So many wonderful artifacts cicra 1950. It is a treasure trove of collectable items and some items would be worth a mint today. Highly recommended place to visit in Takayama...More

Thank Bissiotis
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

This place and exhibit was a breeze of fresh air after touring Takayama's streets, market and shops. Great artifacts (old toys, machines, scooters, gadgets and devices, posters etc.) that all of our family members (all ages) loved! The entrance is hidden at the back of...More

1  Thank YNMtoronto
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We spent almost an hour in this gem. The entrance to the museum is hidden at the back of a toy shop. A variety of artifacts from the last century displayed as different living spaces. Nostalgic whether you grew up in Japan or anywhere in...More

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This Showa era museum was an absolute highlight of our trip to Japan. The exhibits are true blasts from the past, but unlike other museums, allow you to get up close and interact. We had so much fun photographing and interacting with the exhibits, particularly...More

2  Thank littlewonton
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This museum was a total surprise. It's small but packed with so much content. I strongly recommend this place. At 500Yen (around 5$), it's cheap fun!

Thank Robertlesage
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
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
Reviewed 5 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
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