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Shoko Shuseikan

9698-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1511
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Get to know more about history of 島津家

There is both clear English and Japanese illustration in the museum. During the era near the Muji... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Karen N
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Museum of ancient machinery

Shoko Shuseikan used to be a factory of Satsuma Domain, and now it is transformed to a nice museum... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
Kimitaka S
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Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. In July, 2015 Shoko Shuseikan and neighboring Sengan-en were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution. Entrance fee includes access to Sengan-en.
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“nice museum” (2 reviews)
“machinery” (3 reviews)
“factory” (4 reviews)
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9698-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1511
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

There is both clear English and Japanese illustration in the museum. During the era near the Muji Reform, it clearly illustrated how a 藩主 should survive in the era of changes.

Thank Karen N
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Shoko Shuseikan used to be a factory of Satsuma Domain, and now it is transformed to a nice museum. Because I do not have much interest in machinery, I just took a look briefly. If you like machinery, their displays might be quite interesting. Anyway,...More

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 6 December 2015

The musea in the old factory buildings give a good insight in the modernization efforts mid 19th century. And of the history of this clan and its place in the Meiji restauration. The garden is beautifully layed out and the mansion is worth a visit....More

Thank Frederique V
Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

The museum opened in 1923 using the existing building which was built in 1865 as the former Shuseikan machinery factory. Easy to understand how the Shimadzu family modernized Kagoshima.

Thank Tanaka G
Reviewed 1 April 2015

Does a good job of showing how this prefecture led the way to opening up Japan to trade with the West. Many industries started here. Some English labels so a guide is not essential.

Thank JillConnecticut
Reviewed 17 October 2012

The Shoko-Shuseikan museum, offers an excellent history of Japan's emergence into the Western World. It adjoins the Satsuma family home and complex. This museum overviews how at the end of the Edo period 1850's and with the appearance of ships from western powers in Japanese...More

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