National Showa Memorial Museum (Showakan)

Tokyo, Kanto

Showakan is a national memorial museum to commemorate Japanese suffering during and after World War II and to pass on this historical commemoration to later generations. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits historical documents on the life hardships suffered by the Japanese people, especially by the families of the war victims , both during and after the war (in the years of 1935 to 1955), providing younger people with an opportunity to learn about this era in Japans history. Up to the present date, the museum has collected approximately 18,000 items, including letters, clothes and daily commodities, and displays about 800 of them.’


1-6-1 Kudan-minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
*Last admission at 17:00
Admission Fee
Adults: 300 yen, Seniors (65 and over): 270 yen, High school & University students: 150 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 80 yen
*Admission is free for library and audio visual room floors
Mondays (if Monday falls on a public holiday, the following day), New Year's holidays (Dec. 28 - jan. 4), and March 31.

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