To enjoy all the permanent exhibitions in the Paper Museum will take between 60 to 90 minutes. A more condensed tour, the Pinpoint Visit, focusing on the following displays will give you a good overview of the Paper Museum.

Pinpoint Visit Guide Map (20 min.) PDF

(1) Portrait of Prince Shotoku

Portrait of Prince Shotoku, a father figure of paper in Japan, painted on the largest handmade Washi sheet in the Paper Museum.

↓Take the elevator to 4F.

(2) Hyakumanto Darani (One Million Pagodas and Darani Prayers)

One of the oldest documented and still existing printed materials in the world with a clear year of publication.

(3) Paper dolls based upon illustrations in Kamisuki Chohoki (A Handy Guide to Papermaking)

Illustrations from Kamisuki Chohoki (A Handy Guide to Papermaking) published in 1798 during the Edo period is expressed with paper dolls.

(4) Reproduction model of the world’s first papermaking machine

A model of the fourdrinier machine invented by N. L. Robert in 1798 in France.

↓Take the stairs to 3F.

(5) What is paper?

(6) How to make paper


↓From 3F, look diagonally down in the direction of (7).

(7) World’s largest class machine-made paper

World’s largest size class coated paper (933 cm wide)

↓Take the stairs to 2F.

(8) Paper dimensions

The A series are international standard sizes, but on display is another B series unique to Japan.

(9) Cardboard making machine (repaired and restored model) (made by Teijiro Inoue in 1909)

Japan’s first domestically-manufactured cardboard making machine.

(10) Model of continuous digester

This mainstream machine in world pulp production continuously manufactures pulp from wood chips.

(11) Shin Honshu Maru: Bulk wood chip carrier

This specially commissioned ship is renowned for the capacity of its holds, which was designed to take the maximum volume of light wood chips.

(12) Ratio of raw materials

In Japan today, 64% of the raw materials of papermaking are recovered paper paper.