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Bank of Japan, Chuo

(3.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Office in the Bank's still feel high-ceilinged history. In people with normal went on to do not go, I receive interest payments on Government bonds. Might as well I decided to go to Exchange.
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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 »
  • Listen free tour, I went to book. Underground safes fit I was very impressive. Also you can see the current admission but also old is unique to visit. Gifts to the staff.
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  • 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.
  • An okay museum with a decent amount of english material available. Also suitable for children There are no photos allowed inside Large bags may be inspected and can be left for free in lockers in the lobby. The english material consists of two paper brochures and one folder which will give you a seemingly shortened text for each small (numbered) case. Its easy enough to follow and look through in an hour max. For kids (and children at heart) there are things such as a stack of bills or a case full of gold (weight wise, probably not actually full) to lift. You can touch and lift some gold pieces (all in glass boxes with openings). Theres a bill under a microscope you can look at etc. Really not a big deal but reasonably interesting and somewhat fun Also completely free so that might leave me biased.
  • Nice exhibition all free
  • Closes early at 4pm so I missed going but it's easy walk from Tokyo station