National Showa Memorial Museum, Chiyoda

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#79 of 422 in Museums in Tokyo
The National Showa Memorial Museum (昭和館, Shōwakan) is a national museum in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, managed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The museum is commonly referred to as the "Showakan" and primarily displays items illustrating the lifestyles of the Japanese people during and after World War II (the Shōwa period in the Japanese calendar, the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) from 25 December 1926 until his death on 7 January 1989).

Originally to be named The War Victims Peace Commemoration Prayer Hall, the museum opened on 27 March 1999, partly in response to strong lobbying by the Japan War-Bereaved Families Association, whose headquarters are in the adjacent Kudan Hall. The museum building was designed by Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake.

The Museum is located next to Kudanshita Station and the northern entrance to Kitanomaru Park.
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  • I found it very interesting, and was grateful for the English audio guide. One of the men at the museum explained a lot of exhibits to me. I think it would attract more tourists if there was more...  more »
  • This museum focuses on civilian life in Japan during WWII and the immediate aftermath. The English audio guide is essential as there is no text displayed in any language alongside the exhibits...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places in Tokyo. I make it a point to visit when I'm in Tokyo. The permanent exhibits on the last 2 floors are breathtaking and truly immersive. If you have some time to spare you should stop by the audio video room where you can browse a great deal of pictures and videos of the showa era. I admire how the museum is solely devoted to teaching younger generations about the hardships and pain of war so to avoid repeating the same mistakes of the past. I felt no political influence on how the facts were depicted and reported.
  • ●Hours 09:30 to 17:30 (admission until 17:00) ●Admission Free ●Closed Mondays ●If Monday falls on a public holiday, the following day ●Open on Mondays during summer break season The year end and New Year holidays (December 28 to January 4) When Shinjuku Sumitomo Building is closed ●Access 33rd floor, Shinjuku Sumitomo Building 2-6-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0233
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