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Takayama Showa Museum

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Address: 6 Shimo Ichinomachi, Takayama 506-0843, Gifu Prefecture
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+81 577-33-7836
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Awesome! A true blast from the past

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 the upstairs Nintendo game room.

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Montréal
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Robertlesage
Kingston, Canada
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6 reviews
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.

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Thank HercatRawek
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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Thank Radix7
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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.

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San Diego, California
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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.

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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.

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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!

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Mid Sussex
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150 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 

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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 

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