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小樽オルゴール堂 本館 Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building

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4-1 Sumiyoshicho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido 047-0015, Japan
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Opening Hours
9:00-18:00, July-September:[The day before a national holidays, Fri, Sat]9:00-19:00
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Date of post:2015/07/14

European style music in Otaru?

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When sightseeing in Otaru, while walking along the short street close to the canal, you see so many different shops, restaurants and cafes. Some of them are quite rare in Japan as they were influenced by European cultures. One place in particular has contributed to develop Otaru, music box shop named Otaru orugooru dou.

The word of orugooru, which comes from the Dutch word "orgel" is now the common name for a music box in Japanese. In the shop, however, the boxes are more like small toys.

Otaru orugooru dou is also a kind of music box museum, and some of the very rare, classic and valuable music can still be played. My recommendation beside purchase is that you check the recital schedule at the entrance(each one is 15 minute long) and let your heart flow in the medieval European field!

Date of post:2015/07/07

The biggest collection of music boxes in Japan

  • Historical Building

Orgel is a Dutch word that means music box. During the Tokugawa era, Japan had a seclusion policy to restrict foreign trades with only China and the Netherlands who were the first to introduce music boxes to Japan.

Orgel Doh is a music box museum in a building that is a historic landmark in Otaru. It was constructed in 1912 as the main office for prominent rice millers and dealers in Hokkaido. It has a unique structure of brick on wooden framing different from other historical stone buildings in Otaru. The inside is made of zelkova tree, has a large hall with vaulted ceiling arranged with the corridor on the 2nd floor, so the building itself is art.

I do not know any other orgel shop that have as many varieties of music boxes in Japan. Most of the collections are as beautiful as high brand jewelry.

Otaru Orgel Doh has five shops in the center of Otaru and the main building is located at the end of Sakaimachidori street, facing to Merchen crossroads. The Hall No.2 Antique Museum is the fourth building to the North from the main building, this museum shows antique big music boxes from Europe. I would also like to recommend the performance show of Aeolian Pipe Organs Antique Music Box and other three music boxes, the show starts at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 for 15 minutes, for free.

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