Museum of the Meiji Restoration

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Practically all the diplays are in Japanese but apparently there would have been an English audio guide. It was somewhat confusing who was who as I was not familiar with that part of Japan's history. Kids will probably love that museum as there are lots of interactive displays, especially in the lower level.
Written 20 November 2023
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David H
Tokyo, Japan55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Fantastic museum next to the river
You can use headphones to help understand and follow the different displays as most are in Japanese.
Do the historic walk next to the river as it is beautifully set up and explained beforehand
Best 300 yen spent so far in Japan for a museum
Written 7 May 2022
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William S
Kobe, Japan1,295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Museum is in a pleasant building along the promenade, not far from the main train station. There’s a nice walk along the river that passes the museum. The staff are quite helpful, though there is little English, and offer a multi-lingual tablet you can carry to play the audio (aloud w/o headphones) at various locations. A significant section is about specific people which is difficult to recall later unless you are quite familiar with Japanese history. The displays are quite varied including some dioramas (which I love) though almost everything is only in Japanese. The lower level includes adoption of technologies including the telegraph, photography and glass blowing. There’s a small gift shop and a cafe outside. It’s an easy stop but not worthwhile as a destination in itself.
Written 22 March 2020
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BetsyHK
Hong Kong, China230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This looks like a fairly new museum with many interactive displays for children. There are several short movies to watch with different languages available. The staff is friendly and helpful, although English is limited. It helped me better understand the role Kagoshima played in Japanese history.
Written 25 December 2019
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rpver
los angeles, california114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
This is a very interesting museum showing the importance of the people from Kagoshima at the end of the Shogunate era. The Restoration Experience Hall has two performances throughout the day with robots explaining the Satsuma history from the end of the Shogunate era to the Meiji Restoration and of the Satsuma students going abroad to study in the UK. You can request headsets to follow the dialogue in English (and probably other languages). You can follow many displays throughout the museum using an app that provides an explanation in English. The entrance fee is reasonable- 300 Yen for adults, 150 yen for children. It is about a 650 meter walk from the Kagoshima Chuo Station.
Written 2 November 2019
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Sychim
Singapore, Singapore2,652 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Very small museum. Descriptions mostly in japanese with a paragraph of English here and there. Traces the famous families and personalities in Kagoshima and how they were affected by/ shaped the meiji restoration. If you are not a japanese speaker and have at least a cursory knowledge of Japanese history, you would not be able to fully appreciate what the museum has to offer. For me, it's probably a place to fill the gap on an itinerary rather than a must-see.
Written 18 July 2019
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narniasg
Singapore324 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We came on a rainy day since not many options, but its very near Kagoshima chuo station Aeon. Beautiful bridge.

Friendly staff who lent me an English audio tablet that explained the history of Meiji restoration and Kagoshima or Satori's role in modernising Japan, proposing the current flag you see. With sun in the centre, Hinomaru, circle of the sun. All started when Perry forced the satsuma as Kagoshima is known, to open up with trade or shoot.

It triggered a change in Japan's political system, from a shogunate controlled to parliament controlled with Meiji as Emperor.

Kind of connected Japanese history for me.
Written 19 May 2019
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barrowmrb
New Milford, CT328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A small museum, but worth the time and price. The museum has basic information about the Meiji period and other history items.
Written 21 April 2019
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Grace
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
A good place to learn about the history of Kagoshima and in particular the Meiji restoration period. A pity I could not read or understand japanese as it looked there were a lot of interesting information there. There was even a section on Influential women in the Meiji restoration period, about their impact on the restoration and even how they saw themselves ( I think that was what it is about). I think you could ask for a translator, but we were shy.

We really like the performance though. Very engaging. From those two performance alone we learned quite a lot about the entire history of the restoration.

Oh yes there is a park just outside which has quite a few educational signs and monuments too. Should check it out.
Written 15 April 2019
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John L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This was an amazing place to learn about the rich history and culture of Kagoshima. Everything is in english and they have a show every hour also in english
Written 10 March 2019
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