Finding yourself in one of the busiest countries in the world can be fun yet overwhelming. There are plenty of activities and places that are well worth experiencing such as all kinds of shrines and the tea ceremony. However, these activities and places do not always appeal to the children and it may put them in a bad mood during the trip. Don’t worry, we have put together a list of our recommended child-friendly museums that are guaranteed to cheer them up!
1. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
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Opened in 2001, the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as Miraikan, offers various educational and fun activities. The museum has three main exhibition floors and other floors for restaurants and a theater. In the first floor, ‘Symbol Zone’, there is a Geo-Cosmos, a giant globe that features various projections such as statistics of the world population, temperatures and main cities. In comparison, the third floor is divided into four parts: Art, Information, Lab and Robot. In here the children can enjoy an exclusive performance by Asimo Robot. The performance encourages the viewer to imagine a future life where humans and robots can live together. On top of that, there are many other activities to be enjoyed and we do recommend setting aside 2-3 hours for Miraikan.
2. Panasonic Center Tokyo
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The Panasonic Center Tokyo offers 3 floors of interactive activities that appeal to children. Besides showcasing the latest and upcoming products of Panasonic, in the RiSuPia section, children can try the many hands-on activities relating to mathematics and science. In addition, the most popular section to children, The Nintendo Game Front presents the classics and the latest games from the well-known game maker brand Nintendo. In this entertainment space, visitors from different ages can play their favorite game supported by Panasonic technology. This museum not only allows the children to have fun but they can also learn through the latest technology innovations.
3. Tokyo Edo Museum
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The museum is built in a robot-like structure in the Eastern area of Tokyo. The museum’s permanent exhibition showcases a replica of the old city life in the Edo area. The unique setting inside the museum offers a great opportunity for the children to learn about how people lived in the past. In addition, there are some exhibits such as retro cars and bikes that the kids can ride and take timeless pictures.
1. Nissin Instant Ramen Noodle Museum
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Located in Ikeda City, Osaka, Nissin Instant Ramen Noodle Museum or Momofuku Ando Museum as it is also known, showcases the history of the creation of the famous instant ramen. In fact, Ikeda City is the birthplace of instant ramen back in 1958. In this museum, not only can children learn the process of making instant ramen, they can also create their own instant ramen with their choice of soup and ingredients.
2. Kids Plaza Osaka
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The children friendly museum is designed to provide a “hands-on learning approach”. There are three activities and exhibitions-filled floors which will ensure the children are kept busy and active. On the third floor (Creativity Floor), activities that encourage the use of creativity and imagination are offered to both young and old. On the fourth floor or ‘Adventure Floor’, the main attraction is the ‘About Kids Town’ which is a vast town-like structure where children can climb walls and slide down the tube. When you are in Osaka with your children, this is a must-visit!
3. Kyoto Railway Museum
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Opened in April 2016, the three floors in this museum exhibits a total of 53 retired trains varying from the older locomotive style train to the more recent models such as the Shinkansen. Displays relating to the operation of train systems, as well as the uniforms of the train conductors to the tools needed to operate the train can be seen here. Other interactive activities can also be found, including driving a train simulator.