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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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  • August 1, 2017
    This is back of the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi. Here goes out on errands, because past each time. It is a building should be viewed once. It is heavy.
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  • July 16, 2017
    I went to know that you can see inside the had seen only from the outside, but if you book, view reservations. You could see from the underground vault in the course of 1 hour.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Only the building as usual? It is splendid. Especially old building is stately. Building is used as a Central Bank cut on the TV news. This seems misleading. In any case, recent Central Bank increasingly be overshadowed, the only building that is dignified and so miserable.
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  • May 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 3, 2017
    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....
  • May 2, 2017
    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.
  • December 22, 2016
    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.
  • March 29, 2017
    Pretty awesome for a free museum. Lots of cool old coins.

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