The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum opened in May 2003, making use of the former Bank of Japan Otaru Branch building. From the late Taisho Period to the early Showa Period (the 1920s to the 1930s), the Bank's Otaru Branch was at the heart of a busy financial district that was often called the "Wall Street of northern Japan." The old Otaru Branch building, with its atmosphere of history, provides an appropriate setting for displays on the Bank's history, its operations, and the development of Otaru City. Stop by the museum to feel the weight of a package containing 100 million yen in imitation banknotes, see the anti-counterfeiting techniques used for Bank of Japan notes, and more.
|Address||1-11-16 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Phone||+81-134-21-1111(in Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||April-November: 9:30 to 17:00
December-March: 10:00 to 17:00
- Last admission is at 16:30.
|Closed||Wednesdays (open if Wednesday is a holiday)
December 29 through January 5
- The museum may also be closed temporarily for maintenance.
(in Japanese only)
|14:00 to 14:30
15:00 to 15:30
- A staff-guided tour of around 30 minutes is given twice a day, available only in Japanese.
- To check the availability of guided tours at times other than the above, please call us in advance.
|Access||A 10-minute walk from JR Otaru Station.
- JR Otaru Station is 34 minutes away from JR Sapporo Station by Rapid Airport train.
|Parking||Available only for visitors in large groups and those using wheelchairs, by reservation.|
|Notes:||1. Groups of more than 20 people are kindly requested to make reservations by phone in advance.
2. For the guided tours, please gather at the Entrance area inside the museum before the tour begins. Reservations for the tours are not necessary.
3. Please use public transportation and refrain from arriving by vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle.
4. Please refrain from using a cellphone while walking and playing games on handheld devices for safety reasons.
5. Please refrain from using flash photography or tripods.
6. Visitors using wheelchairs are requested to make inquiries in advance.
7. Please follow staff guidance and keep your voices low.
8. Visitors causing trouble to others may be refused admission.