Bank of Japan Currency Museum

Bank of Japan Currency Museum

Bank of Japan Currency Museum
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Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Neighbourhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's also a downtown area with shops that were founded over a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza. It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels, world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular with anyone looking for a night out.
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tokyosubway
tokyo4,584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Currency museum located in the Nihombashi district, is a small and often overlooked museum. However if you are a history lover like myself you will find it fascinating.
The museum covers the history of Japanese currency, from the very early days to the introduction of Chinese coinage, paper money, and modern yen era. Also on display are currency bills and coins from all around the world. If you ever have free time, or get caught on a rainy day, it is a small and FREE museum to visit.
Written 12 October 2009
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elsiek
London850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
This free museum is located in the annexe building of the Bank of Japan. The exhibition is well presented with (refreshingly) more than enough accompanying English explanations to make it worth following. The displays tell the story of currency in Japan from the 8th century through to modern day and at the end there are a few interactive exhibits which are worth playing ... look out for calling up currencies of the world. Went thinking we would stay for half an hour - in fact spent a very enjoyable hour plus.
Written 15 April 2014
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Debbie K
Adrian, MI8,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
This was a great site and well worth the time if you like the subject matter. It only takes a couple of hours to get an appreciation of the contents though it's worth a longer visit if you are particularly interested in what you see. This museum was not in my guidebook but I found it on the TripAdvisor website and was not disappointed. Firstly, it was free and that made it all the more attractive. The location is convenient as it is not far from Tokyo Station. I was staying near TCAT in Nihonbashi and was able to walk there in about 20 - 25 minutes. However, the Mitsukoshimae Station is very close by if one prefers the Metro. The Bank of Japan building was not hard to find but I had to get my bearings to understand where the annex, which housed the museum, was located. But it was a quick adjustment and the friendly staff welcomed me. The guide who oriented me was not great with English but we managed. The exhibition room upstairs was very interesting as it traced the origin of money and commodity exchanges through the ages in Japan ranging back to the eight or ninth century. Most of the key signs were in English as was the description sheet I was given. The displays did a very good job of describing the impact of financial policy on everyday life and international affairs in each phase of history from the early feudal Empire to the various Shogunates to the Meiji era to the modern day. There were several examples of early coins on display as well as early versions of script issued by the various Japanese governments. There was also information on world currencies which I found extremely interesting. There was a display with interchangeable trays that had examples of nearly every paper currency in the world. The only negative was that photography was not allowed in the Exhibition Room but that is not an unusual restriction. This a great stop if this subject is at all interesting to you. I would strongly recommend it.
Written 15 July 2013
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AhlanM
Zurich, Switzerland108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
Free and informative. Lots (but not all) information available in English. Two showcases at the end each display one out of 20 possible displays - you simply enter the number of the display you are interested in and it goes and gets and then displays what you have selected. A similar idea to the critical car parks they have in Japan.
Written 31 July 2012
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Odiseia F
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Small, packed with details, the Currency Museum is a real must stop if you are in that area Not only you can discover a lot of details of the Japanese history following the evolution of their currency but a overview of their mentality that sometimes we don't get in other ways
Can be a quick visit, but also enjoy a couple of hours finding those wonderful details that belong to a millenary land as is Japan
And, oh! it is Free entrance Something welcomed in a city considered expensive
Written 10 May 2019
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Rebecca K
New Hampshire15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Although many of the exhibits are not in English, they have an large collection of contemporary world currency that is fun to look at. Some of the historical information was very interesting and it was great to see currency we had read about. They even have a Yap coin on display!
Written 16 June 2018
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yeekee8
Johor Bahru, Malaysia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
A very informative museum ! Entrance is free!
And shows forms of currency in Japan from the old days till today!
Their display unit for the notes is super cool and electronic! If the country you want is not on that display shelf, then use the touchscreen to choose your preferred currency and it swaps the whole shelf over!!!! :D Saves a lot of space!
Written 10 February 2014
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SixpackDC
Washington DC, DC280 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013
We are on a month-long visit to Tokyo. We were running out of places to go with the 12 year old. He liked looking at all the old money and gold pieces. Not a destination unless currency is your passion...but we enjoyed the visit.
Written 5 July 2013
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ClausDE
Heidelberg, Germany36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are interested in history of Japanese currency, it‘s a nice stop. If you bring your headphones, you can use your mobile as an audio guide. Nearly no english translations inside the museum, so it’s a must.
Written 8 January 2020
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epy28
Jakarta, Indonesia40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We always to try to visit museums every time we go on vacations. The reason we picked this museum because we wanted to teach our children the value of money and also my husband works in financial industry. The museum was small (it was on the second floor only but the entrance was on the first floor) and not that easy to find (turned out it was located right across the Bank of Japan). I would say it was a very good museum if we could read Japanese since all the explanations were in Japanese. The security staff on the first floor did offer us a folder with English written on it but we didn't take it with us because we thought the explanation on each exhibit would already be written in English also. Would suggest to add the information in English so more foreigners would come and understand more (we were the only foreigners visiting this museum at the time.. the others were Japanese).
Written 21 July 2019
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