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  Ryozen Museum of History
by Rabbityama

The Ryozen Museum of History features exhibits related to the Japanese transition from the Edo/Tokugawa Period to the Meiji Period, which sparked many ideological conflicts and wars. Kyoto city was one of the main battlegrounds, so it is a museum of local history.

The museum has two floors and they rotate exhibits, so it's best to check to see what will be on display during your visit. They claim that there are no descriptions in English however, some exhibits actually do have English explanations. I went here to see exhibits about the famous Shinsengumi, a special Kyoto police force that fought on the side of the shogun against the imperialists in Kyoto. This exhibit was highly worthwhile, featuring items used by the Shinsengumi, clothing, documents, and even the dagger/sword that is believed to have been used to kill Sakamoto Ryoma (not a member of the Shinsengumi but his death led to the unjust execution of the Shinsengumi's leader).

If this museum and its subjects interest you, you should visit Ryozen Gokoku Shrine across the street. Sakamoto Ryoma's grave (along with other famous figures from this period) is located there.

Entrance is 500 yen.

Address: 1 Seikanji Ryozen-cho
Directions: The Museum is located near the Ryozen Kannon and Kodaiji Temple. It is across the street from Ryozen Gokoku Shrine.
Phone: 075-531-3773
Website: http://www.ryozen-museum.or.jp/

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  • Updated Sep 23, 2011
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