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Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum

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Very fascinating!

We visited the small museum with our children (8 & 10 yrs). The ancient toys displayed are all... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Peter L
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Have A Little Fun!

The Naramachi Karakuri Toy Museum is an excellent diversion from the seriousness of visiting... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
San Jose
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7, Inyocho, Nara 630-8338, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-26-5656
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We searched out this place during a trip to Nara and it was certainly worth it. The museum is tucked away in a side street in a lovely old building. The hosts are amazing, they took the time to show us each toy and explain...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this tiny free museum on a v hot day trip from Kyoto to Nara. The gentleman at the museum spoke beautiful English and made us feel incredibly welcome. A real highlight was him showing us an ancient parlour game which has been...More

1  Thank Judevdv
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We visited the small museum with our children (8 & 10 yrs). The ancient toys displayed are all hand-made. Children (and grown-ups) are invited to try all of them. And although rather simple, they are very fascinating. We explored everything and enjoyed a diversified hour....More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Our tour guide brought us by this small toy museum and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There was no admission fee. The building looked like any of the other homes in the neighborhood. When we entered, we had to remove our shoes to walk on the...More

1  Thank wireless_in_CA
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

This is just a small museum with some examples of Japanese toys and games. We were only there for about half an hour but what time we did spend there was super fun. The best part is playing with all of the toys. The sweet...More

1  Thank Siri L
Reviewed 16 March 2018

This was really interesting and was really fun considering we (3 adults) are full grown adults. It was interesting to see the mechanical toys that children in the olden days use to play with and you can get hands on experience with them. It makes...More

1  Thank KuanWai
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We (two adults) felt so welcomed here. The many variety of toys are great to play with and get lost in the moment. The staff are very friendly, they're happy to show you how things work. It's in a lovely building too. We had so...More

Thank Dani P
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Wow! This place is a gem with all the fascinating toy exhibits of yesteryear! Most of all is the interactive nature for one to feel and play with the toys that enliven my experience of our visit to this museum...thanks so much to the kind...More

1  Thank HotEarth
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The Naramachi Karakuri Toy Museum is an excellent diversion from the seriousness of visiting temples in Nara. It is free (although donations are appreciated) and even without command of the Japanese language, you can learn how this mechanical toys operate. It is fascinating glimpse at...More

1  Thank freeamac
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is not a museum in the usual sense where you look but don't touch. You actually get to play with Edo-period toys here! There are volunteers who show you how everything works and you're free to spend as long as you want. We got...More

Thank waffler_au
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is a short walk away from Naramachi Koshino le and worth a visit. The museum showcases many different mechanical toys. Instructions are all in Japanese, but the people manning the place take the time to show us how each toy works. Since they are...More

Thank BenBelYen
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