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National Showa Memorial Museum

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Personal and touching look at history

This museum is funded and run by the families who lost loved ones during WWII and the dedication... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
Emily D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Japanese daily life during and after WWII

Very complete exhibition of the everyday life of average Japanese family during and after the WWII... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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27 Apr 2018
“Personal and touching look at history”
4 Jun 2017
“Japanese daily life during and after WWII”
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1-6-1 Kudanminami, Chiyoda 102-0074, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
+81 3-3222-2577
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

This museum is funded and run by the families who lost loved ones during WWII and the dedication shows. I strongly recommend getting the English audio guide (included in the price of admission) if you don't speak/read Japanese. The guide filled in a lot and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Emily D
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Very complete exhibition of the everyday life of average Japanese family during and after the WWII. Don't forget to get the audio guide in English!

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank jennifermico
Reviewed 31 May 2016

This museum was establish by families of Japanese soldiers who dies in World War II. As you would expect, the point of view shared is very different from the history you learn outside Japan. After visiting Hiroshima, my spouse opinion was 'why did we have...More

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank gravel11
Reviewed 17 March 2016

The museum stands nearly across the street from Yasukuni Shrine, but focuses on civilian lives during the war years. There are changing exhibits as well, related to that theme. There is some grimness, not surprisingly, but even children might find some of the exhibits fun...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank hashihime
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

It is a very nicely done exhibition about life in Japan in the period during and just before/after the Second World War. The exhibits are very nicely organized into themes and aspects of everyday life and they do make you get a feel for how...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Ledith
Reviewed 24 October 2015

Interesting museum that, though recitals, texts and photographs tells the grim story of life in Tokyo during WW2. A must for history buffs.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank teturtia
Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to see WW2 artifacts that represent the various pre-, during- and post-war/ occupation periods in Japan. The exhibitions span two floors and are arranged in themes and time periods. There are quite a few really fascinating objects and the stories...More

1  Thank Ivana R
Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

The museum is conveniently located just at the front of Exit #1 at Kudanshita station. It cost only 300 yen for an adult admission ticket & also provided a free English audio guide. Unfortunately, both our audio guides stopped working quite early on ( ......More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank MittiLeTour
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This museum is very thorough and very thoughtful in the presentation on thousands of context-displayed artifacts that collectively give a very good picture of what life was like for the average citizen in 1930s-40s Japan. A bit challenging for the non Japanese speaker but you...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank csundseth
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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around
the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in
Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a
photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old
Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this
day, and there are long-standing restaurants with
geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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