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Bank of Japan, Chuo

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Learn about the country's economic history at Bank of Japan, a grand and photogenic building, apparently modeled on the National Bank of Belgium. From within these imposing walls, in 1871, the country's present currency was first produced and then circulated. Nowadays, the building houses a museum detailing the history of Japan's monetary system, from its feudal origins to its current state. The museum also offers many artifacts to observe and inspect, from historic coins to scales and counting apparatus. If you visit on a Tuesday you can join in a free English-language guided tour, but you'll have to reserve your place at least week in advance. To visit Bank of Japan and other attractions in Tokyo, use our Tokyo trip itinerary maker.
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  • This historical building is not a must-see but a fine example of Meiji era architecture in a neo-baroque style. It was built in 1896.  more »
  • This is where JPY as a currency produced and circulated throughout Japan. Building itself is also beautiful and surrounded by flowers. It also has a currency museum inside.  more »
  • A very high end bank that is very friendly and helpful to English speaking people. Probably other languages as well. Performed minor banking procedures to help with travel. That's about it! Very conve...  more »
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  • Let's see the history of the money of our country‼️ I can see culture of the money of Japan by permanent construction clearly. If you guide a foreigner, you see the history of the money of our country together, and please enjoy it. The admission is free.
  • Tiny,but quite interesting musiam...might help to understand the history of Japanese currency...the inside of the musiam is pretty clean and mordern...also free...so you should'n miss it...if you have a opprtunity to look around Nihonbashi area....
  • A small nice and free exhibition, very little information in English available (make sure you take the English folder from the security guard). Allocate about 30-45 mins tops.
  • This is the best museum in the world (among the subset of museums that I have visited so far). It is so so good, you will leave with a greater appreciation of currency, Japan, China, America, the free market ... everything. Get the English guide and follow it along.
  • Pretty awesome for a free museum. Lots of cool old coins.