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Address: 2-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda 102-0091, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3212-8544
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Japanese Science Museum

As other reviewers have mentioned, exhibition pieces are almost entirely in Japanese language only, so unless you already know the science behind some of the fantastic hands-on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

As other reviewers have mentioned, exhibition pieces are almost entirely in Japanese language only, so unless you already know the science behind some of the fantastic hands-on displays (my favorite was the laser with a device that refracted the light beams) OR you can understand Japanese language, you may not learn much. The museum is intended primarily for children as... More 

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Cornwall, England
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Went specifically to visit Churchill's Scientists Exhibition which was fascinating, but realised how much more there is to see, so will be returning. Really good value and delicious meals in the restaurant on the ground floor but coffee shops on other levels.

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tokyo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Two hours and I'm only on the third floor. Lots of fun driving and interactive learning activities for your 5-12 year old. Hidden gem and empty today. Go someplace else if two adults or your children are over 12. Lovely area and art museum also nearby.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It has to be super fun for Japanese children, however for young tourist without Japanese language it's not. All exhibitions are in japanese only and even though they are all touchable and playable, without description and understanding it's not it.

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Tokyo, Japan
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151 reviews 151 reviews
83 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This museum fits the bill perfectly for Sunday outings with Dad or excursions with the grandparents. It is educational (very important here!) without being boring for the kids or mind-numbing for the adults who accompany them. The hands-on displays make the science interesting and accessible to the kids and give the adults a fighting chance to slip in a little... More 

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Loughborough
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

There are lots of hands-on activities that are well looked after. In comparison much of the interactive parts of the Science Museum, London are broken so it was good to get to use the different exhibits. All of the documentation was in Japanese but if you are going with children you should be able to explain most concepts without help... More 

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Graz, Austria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is not the typical "science museum" I'm used to. It's 100% for children, so if you have (are) children, you'll have a lot of fun. I got entertained for 2 hours without understanding any japanese at all, but I'm an engineer and I don't need any explanations for these "miracles" anymore. It was mostly my interest in how they... More 

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Paris
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

I'm an adult and I like science. I remember having a good time at the odaiba museum, so I tried this one. This was a bad idea: this museum is a playground for kids. Everything is made for them, there is nothing serious. So if you ate more than 18 yo, don't go.

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London, UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Maybe it's the theme of the museum (I wouldn't know as 90% is in Japanese) but it feels like going back to the 1980s. This should be a world class museum to rival those of London and Smithsonian. It's not even worth a visit. It has an earthquake simulator that London's Natural History Museum betters. Bitterly disappointed.

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A Coruña
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

It costs ¥700, too expensive because all you could read it's in Japanese. There are a lot of things to do, even for adults, but it's compete annoying that you can't read anything (and because of that, you will understand the 15%). It's Ok if you have time and don't mind about the money, but it's not recommended at all.

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