Links to historical museums relating to modern Japanese history, links to peace museums and war memorials in Japan
- National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku)
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: Museum commemorating the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in August 1945; includes a virtual tour through the museum
- Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
- Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum (opened in 1998) and Heiwa no ishiji; ——— photos from Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Heiwa no ishiji
- Himeyuri Peace Museum Okinawa ————- PHOTOS
- Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) International Peace Museum
- The Japan Peace Museum
- Yasukuni Shrine: Japan’s infamous shrine for the commemoration of the war dead, who are worshipped in the shrine as “heroic souls” (eirei)
- Yushukan: Museum of the Yasukuni Shrine, aims at “transmitting the moving feeling of war to the coming generation” (welcome message on the HP) ————- For some impressions from the musuem click here
- Chidorigafuchi National Cemetary: National Cemetary for commemorating the Japanese war dead ————– pictures
- Showakan: “National Showa Memorial Museum”, aims at remembering the “hardships of the Japanese people during the war”. Large reading room and audovisual material room that can be used free of charge, while the exhibition (6/7 floor) costs 300 Yen.
- Memorial Archive for Peace (Heiwa Kinen Tenji Shiryokan): Small memorial exhibition to commemorate Japan’s war dead, mainainted by the Japanese government in Shinjuku, Tokyo
- Maizuru Hikiage Kinenkan: Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum, museum about the repatriation of Japanese settlers on the Asian continent before 1945
- Memorial Ship Mikasa (Mikasa Kinenkan): Reproduction of the ship Mikasa, the flagship of Admiral Togo in the Russo-Japanese War, 1904/05; a bronze statue of Togo is nearby.
- Yokaren Shiryokan (Archival Museum for the history of the Kamikaze units) in Oita
- Setagaya Kannon – memorial for the Kamikaze units in a buddhist temple in Setagaya ward in Tokyo (official HP)
- Yokohama Archives of History (Yokohama Kaiko Shiryokan)
- Seitoku Kinen Kaigakan: Meiji Emperor Picture Gallery, Tokyo; contains dozens of Japanese style and Western style paintings of the Meiji Emperor (reign 1868-1912) and his life: virtual tour click ……. ….here!
- Hara Kei Kinenkan. Memorial in Morioka for party politican Hara Kei, the first “commoner” as Prime Minister in Japanese history.
- Yasuoka Masahiro Kinenkan: Memorial for Yasuoka Masahiro, an advisor to several Japanese Prime Ministers before and after 1945
- Comunications Museum
Links to museums relating to the history of the Meiji Restoration of 1868
- Ryozen Museum of History, Kyoto: Museum for the history of the Meiji Restoration (1868), close to the graves of Sakamoto Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro at Gokoku Shrine.
photographs from the graves of Sakamoto and Nakaoka
- Museum of Bakumatsu and Meiji (Ibaragi)
- Hijikata Toshizo Memorial Museum (Hakodate)
Memorial for the Deputy head of the Tokugawa Bakufu police unit Shinsengumi, very popular in Japan due to a one-year historical series on NHK in 2008
- Byakkotai Memorial Museum (Aizu-Wakamatsu)
- Kochi Prefectural Memorial Museum for Sakamoto Ryoma
- Kochi City Museum for the Movement for Freedom and People’s Rights
- Kochi City Memorial of Sakamoto Ryoma’s Birthplace
- Nakaoka Shintaro Hall
- Satsuma Eikokukan
- Yamagata Aritomo Memorial: Memorial for Yamagata Aritomo, one of the most influential statesmen of late 19th and early 20th century Japan
Links to museums related to premodern Japanese history or local history
(in virtually every Japanese city is a small local history museum, here you will find only those which are of national significance. See Yahoo Japan or this page for more complete lists of history museums in Japan)
- Siebold Memorial Museum
Museum for the German scholar that spent years in Dejima, Nagasaki during the Edo period
- Asuka History Park in and around Nara
- Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo
- Osaka Museum of History
- Kagoshima Prefectural Museum Reimeikan
- Kanagawa Prefecture Kanazawa Bunko
- Sakai City Museum
- Saga Prefecture Museum of Nagoya Castle
Nagoya is the castle on the western tip of Kyushu where Hideyoshi established his headquarters at the end of the 16th century to direct the invasion of Korea. The museum takes a critical look at the Hideyoshi campaigns.
- Tokugawa Museum in Mito
- Museum of Motoori Norinaga in Matsuzaka, Mie Prefecture; museum for the Edo period Kokugaku scholar Motoori
- Lithograph Museum (Sekihanga hakubutsukan)
Links to major historical museums and memorials in Germany
- Prof. Minami’s page of historical monuments and memorials in Germany: National Memorials, Concentration Camp Memorials, Memorials for Resistance Movement in Nazi Germany, etc. Almost complete list of German memorials including their background, significance and history.
- German Historical Museum Berlin (DHM), official homepage
- German Historical Museum Berlin (DHM), Virtual Museum (LEMO), includes a large number of sources, photographs, multimedia elements
- Haus der Geschichte – History of German Postwar History
- (Western) European Project “Paths of Memory” – Les Chemins de la Memoire, initiated by six major historical museums in Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.