Miraikan, the official name National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, is one of the biggest science museums in Tokyo. Located in Odaiba area, their exhibitions are intended for children to have hands-on contact with science and technology, so lots of exhibitions are touchable and interactive. Having the ex-astronaut Mamoru Mohri as a founder, the exhibition varies from cosmology, biology, medical science, environment, robots, and more. They are working in the middle of renewal and the brand new exhibitions are going to be available from 20th April.
Must-see exhibitions at Miraikan
All of the exhibitions are awesome but here are some must-sees.
Geo-Cosmos produces a rendition of the Earth shining brightly in space. This was created from Miraikan’s founder Mamoru Mohri’s desire of “wanting to share with people the sight of our beautiful Earth as seen from space”. The images displayed is created from the images shot by a weather satellite each day. The projection will differ time to time, showing different perspectives of the earth, such as the rise of temperature by human activities.
Here, you will have a chance to see the humanoid robot ASIMO so closely. ASIMO will appear four times a day, introducing robot technologies while demonstrating various moves, walking, running, and dancing.
Located at 6th Floor, this 122 seats spherical theater will give you an unforgettable experience! The hemisphere will fill the screen and dynamic images are displayed. Each program lasts about 25 minutes, but programs will differ depending on the timetable, so better check out at their website or at the theater. Reservation is required for the programs (you can also make a prior reservation online), and additional fee 300yen for adults and 100 yen for those 18 years old or under is needed.
If you are with kids, this is a place to go. This space allows parents to experience scientific perspectives together with their children. Looking like a playfield, your kids will sure be excited to be here! It’s free of charge but entry is on a 45-minutes rotation basis.
Experience the UNI-CUB ride
The UNI-CUB is a new personal mobility device created by HONDA. You might know about this from the music video of OK GO’s “I won’t let you down”.
This device based on the balance-control technology used for ASIMO, is such a fun to ride! You can explore inside Miraikan on UNI-CUB after a few minutes lecture. Additional 700 yen will be needed.
Fun Special Exhibitions
They have fun special exhibitions time to time. Past examples are;”Pokémon Lab: You do it! You discover!”, “Toilet!? – Human Waste & Earth’s Future”, “THE SEKAI-ICHI – Unique Inspirations “Made in Japan””. And at the time I went there, it was in the middle of the exhibition “GAME ON: Why are videogames so interesting?”.
Special exhibition “GAME ON: Why are videogames so interesting?”
The toured exhibition that has attracted over 2 million visitors across the globe is finally here in Tokyo! “GAME ON” gives you an overview of the evolution of computer games, from arcade to home devices, and connecting to the internet. The most fun part is, that almost all the computer games displayed can be played!
The only in Japan feature is that you can experience the latest technology of the computer game, VR. There is a booth to experience PlayStation VR which is said to be in the market later this year. It’s free of charge but the number is limited and you will need to get the ticket. This might be the first thing you want to do in the morning because it was already run out by noon even on a weekday.
Next special exhibition is “The NINJA”
Sounds fun, isn’t it? This exhibition explores the nature of the ninja’s skills, physical abilities, and wisdom from the viewpoint of modern science! Ninja from the viewpoint of science… how will it be? The exhibition will be from 2nd July to 10 October, so book save your schedule for this during your travel to Japan this summer!
For more information about “The NINJA”, visit the official website.
Eating at Miraikan
They have two places to eat; one is on the 3rd floor “Miraikan Cafe” and 7th floor, “Miraikan Kitchen”. The cafe serves drinks and light meals such as hot dogs and desserts, and the restaurant serves more like a meal, such as set meal of fried chicken and rice, and freeze dried (!) miso soup, just like astronauts!
Access Information of Miraikan
2-3-6, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays (open on national holidays) and New Year holidays (28 Dec to 1 Jan)
Adults 620yen, 18 years old and under 210yen
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