In 1950, the Paper Museum in Horifune, Oji, Kita-ku was opened and would later be moved to the four-story building in Asukayama Park in 1998.
Kita was where the first western style paper manufacturing company was established back in 1873 and the museum would be host for over 40,000 historic items and approximately 10,000 books relating to paper.
The museum would cover 2,000 years of paper history and for the most part, there is so much in this museum that will keep one busy for an hour or two.
The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. (TUES-SUN) and costs 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for children.
While the museum is fascinating as you see paper made from different eras and seeing older printing press to the different types of paper produced, how they are cut, etc. But there is one caveat and it is the fact that everything is primarily in Japanese.
But for locals and those who can speak and read Japanese, the place is wonderful for offering interactive videos and sections that adults and children can take part in.
Overall, it was cool to see the Paper Museum in Kita but unfortunately, it won’t be for everyone, especially since most of the signs on the displays are in Japanese.
But if you are interested in the history of paper, presses, types of paper and cuts, definitely visit the Paper Museum in Kita!