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The new Takenaka Carpentry Museum


I had never visited the former Takenaka Dougu Kan (Carpentry Tools Museum) but I just spent a couple hours at the brand new one in Shinkobe, Japan. The museum has also updated their English webpage ( to reflect the new facility, exhibits, and events. I did not interview any officials there, so these are purely my observations. 

I will readily say this is a first rate facility designed for a broad audience and worth a trip if you are ever nearby. Getting there was relatively easy - take the Sanyo Shinkansen line. The museum property is within several hundred yards of the Shin-kobe Station. You walk out the main entrance doors of the station and take a left. See the website for a map. Admission is 500 yen for adults, less for students and seniors, free for children.