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The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum

Explore the history of Japan Bank and financial mechanisms in a retro-style architecture.

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The museum, housed in a historic building completed as the Japan Bank Otaru Branch in Meiji 45 (1912), features architecture designed by the famous Kingo Tatsuno and his disciples, known for the red brick construction of Tokyo Station. The elegant Renaissance-style architecture, preserving the atmosphere of the time, is now designated as a cultural property by Otaru City.

Inside the museum, which utilizes the ambiance of historical buildings, you can learn about the history and operations of Japan Bank, as well as financial mechanisms, in an easy-to-understand manner. The "Business Exhibition Zone" showcases various efforts to prevent counterfeit bills and details the life cycle of banknotes, taking advantage of Japan Bank's unique role as the sole issuer of banknotes in Japan. Additionally, the "Video Room" screens three original videos summarizing Japan Bank's operations and focusing on banknotes.

The museum also offers guided tours by staff daily at 2:00pm and 3:00pm (approximately 30 minutes each), which are highly praised for their clarity.


  • Utilizing a historic building completed in Meiji 45 (1912) as a museum.
  • Guided tours by staff do not require advance reservation, with around 20 participants per session.
  • Flash photography and tripod use are not allowed.
  • Experience lifting a 100 million yen (mock pack) from the vault actually used until Heisei 14 (2002).


  • Utilizing a historic Renaissance-style building.

    Utilizing a historic Renaissance-style building.

  • Exhibits divided by theme.

    Exhibits divided by theme.

  • Pay attention to the interior design, including the lobby-like antechamber.

    Pay attention to the interior design, including the lobby-like antechamber.

Official FAQs

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Do you have signs or pamphlets in foreign languages? (If you do, which languages are available?)


Some exhibits include brief introductions in English, and we also provide pamphlets and leaflets in English and Chinese.


Is free Wi-Fi available in the area?


No free Wi-Fi available.


Are coin lockers available?


Yes (coin-return type lockers).


Is there parking available?


Parking is generally not available. However, reservations are accepted for groups and those using wheelchairs. Please call in advance.



Name in Japanese
Postal Code
1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru City, Hokkaido
Wednesdays(open on public holidays)
Business Hours
9:30am - 5:00pm(Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
December to March 10:00am - 5:00pm(Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
Approx. 10-minute walk from JR Otaru station
Official Website
Official Website (English)