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Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life (商いと暮らし博物館)


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The Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life is located in Uchiko Town. The building that houses the Museum is itself of great interest, having formerly been an apothecary’s shop that operated during the Edo and Meiji periods. Mannequins and period utensils are used to recreate the scene in the apothecary’s shop as it would have been in years gone by; the unique, highly-realistic mannequins surprise visitors by welcoming them using authentic phrases (researched with experts familiar with the period). The realistic scenes—which include the owners’ family eating together with the apprentices, the housemaid cooking a meal, and little details such as someone talking to himself as he works—are very popular with visitors. Models are used to present information about Uchiko Town’s history and way of life, famous local individuals, etc.


Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 1938 (Nanyo / UwajimaArea)

phone 0893445220


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Reviewed:2019/08/19 Very interesting
This is vey interesting- an old house owned by a pharmacist. The guide was very friendly and informative. He was happy to answer questions even when there was a language barrier. Would recommend...
Reviewed:2019/07/09 A lot more interesting than originally envisaged!
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Reviewed:2019/04/12 One of the better places to visit In Uchiko, interesting place
We visited here with a couple of free English speaking Goodwill Guides who explained the various commercial activities the wax figures through out the old building were engaged in.

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Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 1938 [map]
Nanyo / UwajimaArea
[Admission fee] Adults200yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students100yen
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          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country's oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.