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National Showa Memorial Museum 昭和館

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Photo credit: SHOWA-KAN / National Showa Memorial Museum

Exhibiting the adversity suffered by everyday people in wartime Japan

Built to commemorate the hardships regular Japanese people suffered during and after the Second World War, the National Showa Memorial Museum—also known as Showakan—captures everyday life during this ultimately tragic period of the country's history.

How to Get There

The museum is a one-minute walk from Kudanshita Station, and close to the entrance of Kitanomaru Park.

Passing on stories to future generations

The museum was designed by architect Kiyonori Kikutake and houses over 63,000 items, including letters, clothes and other commodities from World War II. The exhibits provide a clear view of the day-to-day struggles of regular citizens, both during and after the conflict.

Photo credit: SHOWA-KAN / National Showa Memorial Museum

Enjoy the visual resources

The museum also has a film room with a permanent collection of wartime newsreels. There is also an audio guide in English to explain the exhibits.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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