Daimyo Clock Museum

Ueno & Yanesen

Before the 1860s, only samurai lords could see these fascinating clocks, called wadokei, that tell time according to variable hours named after animals of the Chinese zodiac. This one-room museum itself is a ramshackle old building.

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