Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (Yokohama)

Japanese Overseas Migration Museum www.bestlivingjapan.comIf you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama, please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the 1860’s. This museum is beautifully laid out and has excellent English explanations. Japanese Overseas Migration Museum www.bestlivingjapan.comYou will learn in detail about who left and why, and where they went and why.

** Note the museum will be closed renovation from Nov 29, 2021 – March 31, 2022.

Some of the highlights of the museum include chronological charts of Japanese migration and an interactive map that shows Japanese migrants by prefecture. There are also detailed displays of actual luggage some Japanese Overseas Migration Museum www.bestlivingjapan.compeople took and what prized possessions they carried. Very interesting to understand what the migrants to South America vs. North America experienced.

There are also volunteers who are very attentive and will try to explain in detail in English and Japanese. This museum is on the same block as the Cup Noodles Museum.

Japanese Overseas Migration Museum www.bestlivingjapan.comJapanese Overseas Migration Museum Details

Address: 2-3-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Hours: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:30); closed Monday
Admission: free
Access: A 10 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; public parking available
Website: https://www.jica.go.jp/jomm/index.html
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly

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  1. hello. I would like to visit this museum. I will staying in a hotel in the Shibuya area. Could you tell me the amount of time I should alot myself for travel to this museum?

    • Hi Lucy, The commute should take 45 minutes. From Shibuya station take the Tokyu-Toyoko (Limited Express/Express) train toward Minatomirai station (35 min). The Japanese Overseas Migration Museum is a 10 minute walk from the station. -Sandra

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