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  • National Museum of Nature and Science
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    4.5
    1216 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-20
    Established in 1877, this is Japan’s largest general science museum. The permanent exhibitions include the Global Gallery, which focuses on the history of life on earth and traces the progress of humankind as well as science and technology, the Japan Gallery, which details Japan’s nature and the history of the Japanese people, and Theater 360, which screens films that can be seen in all directions, 360 degrees around. Special exhibitions are held several times throughout the year, and it is a very popular spot with many people lining up to visit the museum even on holidays.

    I highly recommend the National of Nature and Science to all people. My family and I learnt a lot from visiting the museum about space, geology, mankind, the evolution of the Japanese people...

  • Tokyo National Museum
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    4.5
    2162 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 13-9
    This is a national museum located within Ueno-onshi-koen Park that was established in 1872. Five buildings including the main building serve as exhibit halls, although it has several other facilities such as archives. With an enormous number of collections, it has accumulated over 116,000 items of Oriental art and ancient relics, mostly from Japan. A great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are also included inside. The museum also holds special exhibitions that run three to five times a year.

    it is an amazing museum I have visited so far. Perhaps autumn is the best time for you to come to this place, as the museam is located in such a nice park. Beautiful trees, wonderful landscape... 5...

  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
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    4.0
    984 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Aomi 2-3-6
    This is a national science museum on Odaiba island. The permanent exhibits cover a broad range of subjects from the simple science questions to those regarding the latest technologies including the earth environment, space exploration, and the wonders of life. The dome shaped theater that plays 3D science films and other three-dimensional planetarium presentations is very popular. The director of this museum is the famous astronaut, Mamoru Mohri.

    Permanent exhibition included many hands-on excercises. ISS space station module was quite illustrative. Interesting building. Though maybe a bit more targeted to students & children.

  • Science Museum
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    4.0
    175 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 2-1
    The Science Museum Science Hall is a full-fledged theater-style hall able to accommodate 410 people. This facility is perfect for hosting lectures, seminars, symposiums, and presentations of all kinds.

    To be fair, we were not that disappointed that it is a museum designed for children. If you analyze each exhibit, youll realize that it is very well presented, it engages a childs curiosity and at...

  • Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum
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    4.5
    332 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koganeishi Sakurachou 3-7-1 In the Metropolitan Koganei Park
    This is an outdoor museum that exhibits historical buildings reconstructed from the metropolitan Koganei Park. It was established as an annex of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. In this museum, there are more than 30 restored buildings that date back to the Edo and early Showa periods. In the Center Zone are several reconstructed buildings such as Jisho-in Mausoleum (Otama-ya) and the residence of Takahashi Korekiyo who was assassinated in the 2.26 Incident. There are also reconstructed houses from Yamanote at the West Zone and at the East Zone visitors can enjoy a traditional neighborhood atmosphere with stores, public baths, and bars.

    A very underrated museum. Its popularity does not seem to match its greatness. Most people do not know about this place, hence the almost zero crowd. While its a good thing for me personally, it...

  • Fuchu City Kyodo-no-Mori Museum
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
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    Tokyo Fuchushi Minamichou 6-32
    This outdoor museum located in the Minamicho district of Tokyo’s Fuchu City is a facility that allows visitors to learn about the nature and history of Fuchu primarily through buildings. Important structures from the Edo period to the early Showa period such as the former Fuchu town hall government office building and Fuchu stores, townhouse and farmhouses have been relocated and are now stored on the premises that span approximately 140,000 square meters. In the main building are regular displays of local materials about Fuchu, and together with the outdoor buildings visitors can learn about Fuchu’s people and history. On the flat level floor is Japan’s largest planetarium.

    An open air museum with buildings that date to the Edo and Showa periods. Very interesting and well maintained. The agriculture house and water wheel are beautiful. The hydrangea is just starting to...

  • Tamarokuto Science Center
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    Tokyo Nishitoukyoushi Shibakubochou 5-10-64
    This science museum located in the Shibakubocho district of Tokyo’s Nishi Tokyo City opened in 1994. The name of the facility represents the six cities of Kodaira City, Higashi Murayama City, Tanashi City, Hoya City, Kiyose City, and Higashi Kurume City. The main attraction is its projector certified as the world’s “most-advanced planetarium” which can project more than 140 million individual stars. The exhibition rooms are divided up into themes such as “Meet the Science” and “Body & Senses” and are arranged to allow visitors to thoroughly learn about science, living creatures, and nature. It also has a break room that allows guests to bring their own bento lunches.

    Very good science museum and Planetarium. Super kid friendly with lots of activities and things for them to do. Before you go I would check on making any type of reservations for special things in...

  • TABACCO & SALT MUSEUM
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokokawa 1-16-3
    At the corporate museum in Yokokawa, Sumida City, Tokyo, a collection of materials related to the history and culture of the former monopoly of “tobacco” and “salt,” is displayed. It moved to the present location in 2015. On the third floor, the museum exhibits “tobacco” which was born in the Americas and spread to the world, as well as materials on the tobacco culture in the Edo period. You can learn about salt history and knowledge through exhibits and quizzes on the second floor. Several times a year, various exhibitions and special exhibitions focusing on tobacco and salt are held.

    The museum is the best-value-for-money museum I have ever gone to. Both exhibits were in depth and curated to make it informative but interesting. Really pleasant experience to where I went twice in...

  • Yasukuni Shrine Yushukan
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudankita 3-1-1
    This treasure hall is located within the ground of Yasukuni Shrine. One can enjoy seeing documents, manuscripts, and relics related to the war dead and political victims that are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine. In the theater hall, a film about the shrine, those enshrined, and late and modern Japan can be viewed. The main exhibit hall displays many war relics, including larger weapons; a carrier borne bomber, the Suisei (Comet), and a human torpedo, the Kaiten. Entrance is free

    The museum has alot of interesting machinery and artifacts, and I appreciated the English information. It occupies a parallel universe where Japan is presented as a victim, forced into World War Two...

  • Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Yushima 1-7-14 (Ogami Hall)
    The Origami Kaikan was originally established in 1858 as a store for dyeing and manufacturing “chiyogami” papers, and is located in Bunkyo City’s Yushima. With the objective of promoting paper culture, it aims to convey Japanese culture and Japan’s beauty through the traditional handicraft of origami. In addition to exhibits on the history of paper culture and displays of works by origami artists around the world, visitors can purchase washi that has been dyed within the shop. The center also holds washi handicraft classes that teach participants to make small articles and accessories out of washi.

    Origami Kaikan is a small gallery and shop dedicated to making and promoting the art of origami. You can take classes, buy beautiful washi paper and origami and even see the washi being dyed. When we...

  • Sumo Museum
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    3.0
    45 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokoami 1-3-28 (Kokugikan 1F)
    This museum is located within the Ryogoku Kokugikan, and was created to gather and preserve materials related to Japan’s national sport of sumo. The woodblock prints, banzuke (official listings of rank), and ceremonial aprons are sure to delight not only sumo fans but foreign visitors and children alike. In addition to exhibits that change at a pace of six times per years, photos of yokozuna (grand champions) adorn the museum as a permanent exhibition. Admission to the museum is free (though during the three Grand Sumo Tournaments held in Tokyo annually the museum is open only to people actually attending the tournament).

    Very disappointing, the place is undergoing renovation and is closed between Oct 01, 2019 until Jan 10, 2020. Only the souvenir shop remains open but is hardly worth a visit...

  • Meguro Parasitological Museum
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    4.0
    196 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 4-1-1
    This museum is dedicated to the subject of parasites. It features some 300 specimens and other related exhibits including an 8.8-meter-long tapeworm specimen illuminated with LED lights. The first floor of the museum, which has a theme of ''diversity of parasites,'' presents the diverse shapes and appearances of parasites through specimen, video, and other exhibits. The second floor, which has a theme of ''human and zoonotic parasites,'' covers topics including the symptoms that parasite infections cause in humans as well as the history of parasitology in Japan. The museum's shop offers a selection of original goods including t-shirts featuring detailed illustrations of parasites.

    Only two small floors, but a lot of interesting info. There are QR-codes that give you english info. Some of the tablets have an english option too. Theres a small museum shop...

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    "The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located inside the Tokyo Dome, around five minutes' walk from either Suidobashi Station (JR Sobu Line and Toei Mita Line) or Korakuen Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line). The museum provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the history and current status of baseball in Japan (both professional and amateur leagues), and has on display a large amount of fascinating historical artifacts and documents, etc. The Baseball Hall of Fame commemorates individuals who made a particularly important contribution towards the development of baseball; there is also a library with around 50,000 sports-related books, and a ""Batter's Box Experience Zone"" where visitors can try their hand against professional baseball pitchers (shown on video screens), etc."

    if you love baseball stop by this hall of fame, all the best of japanese baseball, and some american staff too. not a very big place, thought it would be bigger, right next to the tokyo dome. day...

  • Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)
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    The Imperial Palace East Gyoen in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 1-1
    "Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections) is located within the Imperial Palace East Garden, and is managed by the Imperial Household Agency; it is around five minutes' walk from Exit C13a of Otemachi subway station. The museum was established to preserve and manage paintings, calligraphy, handicrafts and other works of art that have been donated to the nation by successive generations of the Imperial Family, and to put these art-works on display to the general public. There are a total of around 9,800 items in the museum's collections; these important works donated by the Imperial Family include the ""Doshoku Sai-e"" (""Colorful Realm of Living Beings"") hanging scrolls painted by Ito Jakuchu, and Karajishi-zu byobu ""The huge folding screen of the Lions"" created by Kano Eitoku and Kano Tsunenobu."
  • Space Museum TeNQ
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61 Tokyo Dome City Yellow Building 6F
    An entertainment-oriented museum located inside Tokyo Dome City where visitors can enjoy outer space from a variety of perspectives. TeNQ is filled with things to see and do, including a variety of exhibits concerning space as well as a laboratory operated in conjunction with the University of Tokyo’s University Museum. In the popular Theater SORA, guests can watch video presentations projected in a theater buried in an 11 meter diameter hole in the ground. Watching visuals stretching all the way beneath your feet will make you feel like you are floating in the air.

    TenQ Space Museum is on the 6th floor, in a building close to the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. And is a five minute walk from Suidobashi Station. I believe it was around $10 - $12 American entrance...

  • Tokyo Water Science Museum
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-1-8
    A hands-on museum dedicated to water operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks. Entry is free. A variety of facilities can be found in the museum, including a theater room and experiment labs, teaching visitors about water through videos, quizzes, and experiment shows. Closest station: Kokusai-tenjijo-seimon Station on the Yurikamome.

    Great museum, free of charge. Plenty of things to experience hands on related to water. The only thing is that I was there with 1.5 Year old daughter and although she loved it there was very little...

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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-5-1 Panasonic Center in Tokyo
    Located in Panasonic Center Tokyo in the Ariake district of Tokyo’s Koto City, this is a museum where visitors can experience the fun of science and mathematics. On the second floor Quest Floor, guests can enjoy learning about the wonders of science and mathematics such as the principle of a pendulum, Kepler’s laws, and the mechanism of thermal convection. The third floor, which is the Discovery Floor, is divided into the Discovery Field (admission required for adults) which features displays about the principles of numbers, shapes, light and rain in the form of games, and the Discovery Laboratory which is a space to experience hands-on science.
  • Tobu Museum
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Higashimukoujima 4-28-16
    A museum located close to Higashi-Mukojima Station in Higashimukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo. The museum opened in 1989 in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Tobu Railway company. Visitors can learn about the Tobu Railway through displays of steam locomotives and other actual railway vehicles as well as interactive exhibits such as train driving simulators. There's also an area where you can see the Tobu Skytree Line, which travels right over the museum, up close.

    There are plenty of classes and training sessions for kids here. We saw several kids from 3-4 years to junior high schools come with their school trip. Such a nice place to explore the Train history...

  • Museum of Maritime Science
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    3.0
    88 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Higashiyashio 3-1
    A museum dedicated to ocean science located close to Yurikamome Fune-no-kagakukan Station in Higashiyashio, Shinagawa City, Tokyo. Focusing on oceangoing boats and maritime culture, the museum displays materials on ocean industries in Japan and also provides mini classes on canoeing and sailing using an outdoor pool. The museum also has outdoor displays of model submarines and actual ships such as the Soya, a first-generation Antarctic exploration vessel.

    Its scandalous that a museum with so many excellent exhibits and great atmosphere has been moth-balled for some 10 years or more now. Not worth going anywhere near it. Closed and rotting away...

  • Printing Museum, Tokyo
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Suidou 1-3-3 Toppan Koishikawa Building
    A museum located in Suido, Bunkyo City, Tokyo. Here visitors can learn about the history and culture of printing with a focus on Japan and Asia through displays of rare historical printed materials and cutting-edge printed matter, as well as interactive exhibits on letterpress printing and other technologies. There is also a music hall on the first floor and a restaurant and cafe on the second floor.

    My partner and I headed to the Printing Museum on a drizzly, blustery day in Tokyo after hearing about it from my partners colleague. Its situated in the basement level of the corporate HQ of...

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