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Takayama Showa Museum

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Address: 6 Shimo Ichinomachi, Takayama 506-0843, Gifu Prefecture
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Phone Number:
+81 577-33-7836
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 Place, Takes You Back in Time

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 for any age.

Thank Bissiotis
Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 what looks like one of the local shops. The visit takes about 15-30 minutes. Don't... More 

1 Thank YNMtoronto
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 the west.

Thank Sharon N
Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 the upstairs Nintendo game room.

2 Thank littlewonton
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
Kingston, Canada
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6 reviews
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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125 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
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.

Thank Radix7
Christchurch, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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.

Thank Don L
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

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