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Science Museum

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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
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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English first
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196 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just about all of the displays are only in Japanese and very little English signage. Admission fee was 720 yen. Many of the displays do look interesting and there were many hands-on activities. There were many school children in the museum and they seem to be having a fun time. Since I didn’t understand Japanese, I didn’t get much from... More 

Thank Bill C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I went here with my adult son. This was the poorest of the three science museums we went to in Tokyo (go to Science and Nature and Emerging Science instead). Didn't mind lack of English but while there were lots of buttons to press the place was clearly aimed at small children. Near subway - but we still wandered into... More 

Thank Gordon103
Tokyo, Japan
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I visited here using a free museum hopper pass and was excited as I am a science museum buff. I was surprised at how disappointing this museum was. Only go if: You are in Tokyo for about 2 weeks with too much time on your hands after seeing all the more important cultural sites and you need to entertain a... More 

Thank sudachiz
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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 

Thank ItsATouristTrap
Cornwall, England
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52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank Heather C
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank tokyotraveller918
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

1 Thank Pavel S
Tokyo, Japan
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197 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 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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23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

2 Thank itslilyitslily
Graz, Austria
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

1 Thank Martin H

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