Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan

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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,180 contributions
Oct 2019
Numerous banks opened branches in Otaru during its heydays, so much so that the area was called the Wall Street of the north. Most of the buildings have been retained. We went to the former Otaru Branch of the Bank of Japan. The architect of the grand building opened in 1912 was Kingo Tatsuno famous for his work of Tokyo Station. The branch was open until 2002 after which it became a financial museum open to the public. Unfortunately the museum was closed on Wednesdays.
Written 8 November 2019
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MattW79
102 contributions
Sep 2019
Had a nice visit hiding from the rain, but interesting old building and lots to see and interact with in the museum, for free entry with is superb.
Written 29 September 2019
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taffandhubby
Cardiff, UK241 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We spent about an hour in this museum, and were really pleased that we did it. The staff were charming and helpful; the printed information about the building and banking was relatively brief (in English), but interesting; and there was a very good video of about 20 minutes that could be played in either of several languages telling how the Bank of Japan supports the financial workings of the country. It explained very clearly how an effective national bank works. Well worth a visit for adults interested in how financial institutions work, and children are thrilled to see the size of the vault doors, and the “piles” of money inside! Well worth a visit.
Written 6 April 2019
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zimonwong88
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia534 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Visited the museum in Sept 2018. It displayed the history of Bank of Japan and its monetary system. It has a vault with its sheer size metal door (see photo below).
Different currency notes from various era were showcased. For the first time visitor, it is worth while. Entrance is free after filling up a form.
Written 22 January 2019
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Emily_G_Scott
Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Came here to see the architecture of the historical icon on the Walls Street of Otaru. Admission is free and the security check is no fuss.

Once inside you can admire the beautiful architecture designed by one of the famous architects in Japan. The construction of the building was so arduous that it was once stopped due to heavy snow in Otaru.

Highly recommended if you like to see how the old bank serves Hokkaido for all banking needs. Well preserved building.
Written 11 November 2018
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PeterCosby_Leicester
Leicester, UK219 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Totally weird to expect that a visit to an old bank would be interesting.... but is was.
The museum is situated in the old bank of Japan bank . Much of the display is in Japanese but there was an English video that lasted about 15 mins on the history of banking in Japan, the move from feudal money to the gold standard and a useful information on what banks do to regulate inflation/ deflation etc all of which are topical issues. Large solid building and you can go into the old vaults and view a variety of historic notes etc. Takes about 45 minutes but it is free and more memorable than the rest of Otaru which is somewhat brash and touristy. But I’m a 58 year Dad and less impressed by glittering glass, trinkets and ice cream!
Written 1 September 2018
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Low C
Jurong East, Singapore878 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
This is an interesting place to understand history of Japan bank. You are allowed to take photo without flashlights. There is no entrance fee.
Written 12 May 2018
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Maitheng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,028 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We walked from our hotel to the museum and discovered that the entrance was free!!! How lovely. There is a website in English to get more information on the opening hours and get a little history on how it worked in the 1920's and 1930's. They have guided tours only in Japanese unfortunately. You get to see the safe, its massive door and you get to lift up 100 million yen, feel it's actual weight (10kgs) and really how it feels to have this in your hand...but can't take it away! haha
Written 20 April 2018
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mommyscchoo
Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia9 contributions
Feb 2018
Entrance is FOC, there are some English elaboration, but not much. The most interest me is the thick safe door, amazingly thick around 1 feet.
Written 21 February 2018
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RonnC
Tangerang, Indonesia732 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
Visited the museum in the evening on the way to the canal, the site offered a great historical learning for us. In the middle of the museum there was a large screen with video explaining the history of Bank of Japan.
All of the displays were neatly put and in a very good maintenance.
There were also some diorama displays of the historical architectures of Hokkaido.
For kids who love stamps, it was available at the gift shop near the exit.
Written 17 February 2018
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  • Tue - Sun 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM