Museum of the Meiji Restoration

Top choice in Kagoshima

This museum offers insights into the unique social system of education, samurai loyalty and sword techniques that made Satsuma one of Japan's leading provinces. There's a good smartphone app in English. Hourly audiovisual presentations – told by animatronic Meiji-era reformers, including Saigō Takamori and Sakamoto Ryōma – detail the Satsuma Rebellion and the ground-breaking visits of Satsuma students to the West.

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