Check out 7 museums in Japan that will stimulate and quench your thirst for curiosity!
1- Momofuku Museum of Instant Noodles
Starting off your tour at this very unique museum, right at the entrance you will be greeted by a life-size statue of the inventor of instant ramen, Momofuku Ando!
Not just that! There is a ramen hall where you can see virtually all types of instant ramen that Nissin has ever produced! And of course, the best part, you can create your own ramen and eat it all up.
Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041, Japan
Open from 9h30 to 16h (The last admission is at 15h30)
* Closed on some holidays (When Tuesday is a national holiday, the next day will be closed)
For more information see: http://www.instantramen-museum.jp
2- Meiji University Museum of the Department of Criminal Materials
This frightening exposition explores the history of suppressed human rights, as well as the devices used to catch criminals in Japan, tools of torture and execution. A true journey through crime and punishment.
Address: 1-1 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda
Open from 10h to 17h
Closed during holidays at university
Check more on the site: www.meiji.ac.jp
3- Museum of Parasites in Meguro
Located in the Meguro district of Tokyo, the Meguro Parasite Museum claims to be the only parasitic museum in the world!
Although not so large, the parasite museum in Meguro boasts an impressive collection of specimens preserved in all shapes and sizes. In addition, the museum also features interactive learning exhibits and a gift shop for you to gift your friends and family, because of course, everybody loves parasites right?
Address: 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064, Japan
Open from 10h to 17h
See more at: http://www.kiseichu.org/
4- Trick-Art Museum in Tokyo
Fortunately, there are not one, nor two, but at least three museums in Japan that specialize in optical illusions or, as they call it, “trick-art”. Each one has its own different theme, however the trick-art museum in Tokyo seems to favor a Edo period style of Japanese surrealism.
Many of the exhibits in the museum are interactive and feature some kind of opportunity for visitors to take pictures with their unique artwork. The focus isn’t exactly on teaching about natural history or any of the normal subjects covered by most museums, but the fun you can experience on this tour will be certainly “unreal”!
Address: 4F Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall, 1-6-1 Odaiba, Minato
Open from 11h to 21h
Admission: ¥ 900
See more at: www.trickart.info
5- Ghibli Museum
The Ghibli Museum (Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao, one of the most famous animation studios in Japan, known for the creation of many world-famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo and many others! The museum itself is carefully designed in the distinctive style of the studio films, and many of its famous characters are there, including a full-size “Castle in the Sky” robot at the rooftop garden. You will also be able to find here a gift shop, restaurant and enjoyable kids playground.
Address: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013
Open from 10h to 18h
Admission: over 19 years of age: ¥ 1,000
13-18 years: ¥ 700
7-12 years old: ¥ 400
4-6 years: ¥ 100
Check out more information on the site: http://www.ghibli-museum.jp
6- 21st Century of Contemporary Art Museum
This museum presents contemporary art with a singular point of view. There you check out a wide range of art creations, including music, performing arts and film. In addition, the museum puts great emphasis on its programs aimed to connect people interested in any of these fields.
Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, Japan 920-8509
Exhibition area: 10h to 18h (Open until 20h on Fridays and Saturdays)
Common Areas: 9h to 22h
Closed on Mondays and New Year holidays.
* When Monday is a national holiday, the museum closes on the following day of the week.
Admission: Various, according to activities, exhibitions and age.
See the website for more details: https://www.kanazawa21.jp
7- Toyama Glass Art Museum
Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, this is a astounding glass art museum in Japan with one of the largest glass installations created by Dale Chihuly. This is without a doubt a must-see for anyone interested or seeking to deepen their knowledge in art and design!
Address: 5-1 Nishicho, Toyama City
Monday to Thursday: 9h30 to 18h
Friday and Saturday: 9h30 to 20h
Closed: 1st and 3rd Wednesday and some holidays
Admission: General ¥ 200 / Students ¥ 160
For more information see: http://toyama-glass-art-museum.jp