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Tanegashima Development Center (Firearm Museum)
In 1543, firearms were first introduced into Japan through Tanegashima, Kagoshima prefecture. Tanegashima Development Center which is also known as Teppokan (Firearm Museum) is located on Tanegashima Island. The museum houses over 100 firearms, including the first matchlock gun that was brought from the Portuguese as well as a Tenegashima gun which is the first gun that was produced in Japan. It also holds over 8,000 historical documents related to Tanegashima's history and culture. It features displays about the nature and ruins on Tanegashima Island as well.
- 7585 Nishinoomote, Nishinoomote-shi, Kagoshima
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Nishinoomote Port
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed on the 25th of every month (open daily in July and August)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults-420 yen, high school students-270 yen, elementary and junior high school students-130 yen
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An Intensive Collection of Firearms
The museum showcases an amazing collection of over 100 firearms. On display, there is a matchlock gun that is the very first firearm that was introduced into Japan through Portugal. It also has a Tanegashima gun that is the first firearm made in Japan. In addition to the firearms, the museum displays the manufacturing method of firearms called katanakaji. You will witness the history of firearms.
Comprehensive Displays of Tanegashima
In addition to the history of firearms, visitors can learn about fishing for flying fish, swordsmiths, traditional folk songs and dances in the Tanegashima Development Center. It is a popular facility where visitors can access all the information on Tanegashima. The museum has special exhibits throughout the year. You won't want to miss this place when you visit Tanegashima.
There are ancient ruins on the island where stone tools and pit dwellings were found. It displays valuable excavated articles that are designated as cultural assets.