«Nostalgia 1955-1965»Half a century ago in Japan, popular cars and electrical appliances began to be sold, Tokyo Tower was completed, high-speed roads and Shinkansen were opened, and the Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964.

Although Japan was poor still, every city was vibrant, children gathered, and everyone was alive with excitement and hope. Please enjoy ‘Showa Retro Park “Yufuin Showakan” -ALWAYS-‘, which reproduced the streets of that era.In addition, please enjoy the permanent exhibition of an artist, Kiyoshi Yamashita, who wandered all over Japan in the same era and left lots of footsteps in Kyushu.

 

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“Showa” is a Japanese era name corresponding to the years from 1926 (Showa 1) to 1989 (Showa 64). Yufuin Showa-kan is an institution offering an experience of the flavor of the Showa period through its concept of old steetscapes. In particular, it highlights the Showa 30s (1955–1965), which was the height of the economic boom years in Japan, by presenting reproductions of Showa period streetscapes.

 

Showa was a period of dramatic change in Japan. Diets shifted from traditional Japanese cooking to western style food, and western clothing replaced the kimono and other traditional dress. As industry advanced, so did the mechanization of agricultural villages. Surplus labor started to move to the cities, causing major shifts in the population. As more and more households had access to electricity, women found themselves with less housework to do, thus accelerating their advance into society.

 

Developments in science brought agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilizers into widespread use. This accelerated increased food yields, solving the problem of insufficient food supplies. Through the invention of synthetic fibers and increases in production, clothing also came into plentiful supply. A new era was born; one characterized by an overabundance of goods rather than a shortage of goods. In particular, the widespread use of motor vehicles had a huge impact on transforming Japanese lifestyles.

 

However, in our excessive pursuit of convenience, materialism came to take precedence over all else, resulting in the deterioration of the natural environment, a major problem in society.

 

As a trade-off to the economic growth gained during this period, it could perhaps be argued that Japan abandoned important things such as spirit and nature. Consumption came to be regarded as a virtue, and objects all around us came to be thrown away. Through our efforts in collecting this legacy of the Showa period and putting it on public display in reproductions of Showa buildings, we hope to offer both an opportunity to review the Showa period, and a starting point from which we can consider possibilities for society in the 21st century.

 

Yufuin Showa-kan presents a smorgasbord of reproductions of Showa period streetscapes that are sure to rouse feelings of nostalgia. The nostalgic cars at the entrance are just one example. Inside, barber shops, camera stores, electronic goods, doctor’s clinics, tiny bars, post offices, schools, public bath houses, cheap candy stores, and domestic interiors, such as the kitchens and lounge rooms of the time, are all waiting to take you on a time slip to the Showa 30s.

 

 

Guidance of the facility

 

Yufuin Showa-kan presents a smorgasbord of reproductions of Showa period streetscapes that are sure to rouse feelings of nostalgia. The nostalgic cars at the entrance are just one example. Inside, barber shops, camera stores, electronic goods, doctor’s clinics, tiny bars, post offices, schools, public bath houses, cheap candy stores, and domestic interiors, such as the kitchens and lounge rooms of the time, are all waiting to take you on a time slip to the Showa 30s

Discounts

 

Please use it in your presentation to download a special discount ticket Yufuincho Showa Center / Museum of Dreams (Yamashita Kiyohara Exhibition).

 

 

 

>> Download from here

 

Business Guidance & Price

 

◆Opening hours:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

 

◆Entrance fees:

Yufuin Showa-kan:

Adults / university & high school students:Y500

Elementary & middle school students: Y300

 

Combo ticket for Showa Retro Theme Park Yufuin Showa-kan-ALWAYS-/

Yume Art Museum (exhibitions of works by Kiyoshi Yamashita:

Adults / university & high school students: Y800

Elementary & middle school students: Y400

 

 

 

※Discounts are available for groups over twenty. Please consult us about fees. Infants: free of charge. Handicapped discounts available.

 

 

〒879-5102

1479-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture

Tel / fax: 0977-85-3788  

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Access

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JR:

Please alight at Yufukuin Station, Kyudai Line

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○Hakata (Fukuoka) ⇔ Yufukuin approx. 2 hours by The Limited Express Yufukuin no Mori or Limited Express Yufu

From Nagasaki ⇔ Nagasaki Honsen via Tosu ⇔ Yufukuin

 

Bus:

Please alight at Yufukuin Bus Center, in front of Yufukuin Station

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○ approx. 1 hour from Beppu metropolitan area

For inquiries about costs and timetables, please contact Kamenoi Bus Company

○ approx. 2 hours from Fukuoka metropolitan area

For inquiries about costs and timetables, please contact Nishitetsu Bus Company

 

Plane:

Oita Airport ⇔ Tokyo Haneda Airport: approx. 90 minutes

Approximately 55 minutes from the airport by Yufukuin Onsen direct bus service (click here for schedule)

 

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Fukuoka airport ⇔ Yufukuin Onsen approx. 1 hr. 45 minutes by highway express bus (click here for schedule)

 

Car:

Yufuin Interchange, Oita Expressway ⇔ Prefectural Route 216 ⇔ center of town, approx. 5 minutes

Showa Retro Park 

Yufuin Showakan 

-ALWAYS-

 

〒879-5102

1479-1 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu City, Oita Prefecture

Tel / fax: 0977-85-3788  

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily