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Address: 175 Nakayamamachi, Takayama 506-0051, Gifu Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 577-34-6511

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A different kind of museum

Lots of archaeology exhibits, ancient civilization of Japan, there is also a video screening of the founder of Sukyo Mahikari. Informative, interesting, spirituality, a must visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of archaeology exhibits, ancient civilization of Japan, there is also a video screening of the founder of Sukyo Mahikari. Informative, interesting, spirituality, a must visit in Takayama. Also various exhibitions are held.

Thank Greenhorn
Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

The architecture of the building is a mixture of Azetic and Mayan. The history of civilisation in human is very interesting and informative. Day visit may not enough to see everything. The staffs are very polite and willing to dispense information. The artifacts are impressive and interesting .

Thank Geoffrey T
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

The Hikaru Museum was a real discovery for us. It was not listed in our (some dated ?) guidebook, neither was it mentionned by our group guide. We saw a poster of an occasional exhibit of a Japanes clay/earh master and so we went : what a surprising jewel. Well located on a hilly side a bit at the outskirts.... More 

Thank henricus v
Langkawi, Malaysia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

One of the strangest places I have been to. After the 1st and 2nd floor it thought this place was weird... and then the 3rd floor made me understand. This is some sort of cult who have spent and absolute bomb on a strange self prophesisng building whilst claiming to be for people and giving back. It would be a... More 

2 Thank rookstar81
Takayama, Japan
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105 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

They got amazingly extensive collections of valuable items from all over the world! I was surprised to find such a place in small town of takayama. Their explanatory sign boards are informative enough, and it is really worth visiting.

Thank Junichi38
Melbourne, Australia
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

This was interesting and had a trail map in English with some brief English information, it have a great history of the place

Thank timntoots
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

Lots of interesting items on display. Quite informative. There isn't any commentary or guides through the museum but there is plenty of information in English and Japanese.

Thank Phillip M
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

Hikaru Museum is amazing and there is always something new and interesting i found during the second visit... Visited during 1st week of Dec and snowfall just started,,, It was amazing... Always something for my Camera.. Keep clicking. The Feeling is Divine and you will be calm after visiting...

2 Thank Murali_T_S
Nowra, Australia
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

An architectural masterpiece with so much to see outside & inside. I visited 15 years ago, just after completion, & was pleased to see so much more English explanation. Don't be put off by some comments. If you spend some time here you can see the connections between all the ancient peoples & their beliefs, & it is truly fascinating.... More 

4 Thank Pauline C
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

A museum never to be found anywhere. It portrays the ancient civilization, the Mayan culture and is dedicated to our Holy Master. A rare piece of exhibit. You really have to know the history before you even enter the museum. That way, you will be able to understand this rare museum of a kind ! Must be very privileged to... More 

3 Thank MolliSingapore

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