The Reimeikan Museum in Kagoshima, on the southern island of Kyushu, is located at the foot of Mt. Shiroyama and is dedicated to the history, culture and folklore of Kagoshima Prefecture from ancient times to the present.
The Reimeikan opened in 1968 to commemorate 100 years since the Meiji Restoration, an event of great importance in the history of Kagoshima when it was known as Satsuma domain.
The Reimeikan underwent a renewal and modernization in 1996.
The Reimeikan is built on what was formerly the site of Kagoshima Castle (aka Tsurumaru), of which only the stone walls and moats remain. The grounds contain a number of cherry trees.
The Reimeikan has three floors and includes exhibits and historical documents relating to the culture and festivals of Kagoshima including dioramas, scale models, paintings, scrolls, tools and clothing.
The Reimeikan's somewhat plain and austere exterior belies what is actually a very modern, interactive, variegated and intelligently laid-out museum that kids will enjoy every bit as much as adults.
The museum also contains a restaurant, a cafe, an auditorium and a shop.
The Reimeikan is close to the Statue of Saigo Takamori on Shiroyama, where Saigo made his last stand. Access is from Shiyakusho-mae tram stop.
Tel: 099 222 5100
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