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“Main exhibits worth a visit but skip temp expo”

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan
Ranked #12 of 203 things to do in Koto
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Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

Nice place to hang around with kids on a sunny (or rainy) afternoon. The main exhibits are way richer than the poor temporary expo (manga theme when we visited) and the access to the temp expo costs 3 times the price of the basic entrance! Skip it! You won't miss much... Most panels are in English and Japanese

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Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

A really nice museum, although not that big it had quite the exhibitions.

Touring the permanent exhibit takes about an hour and a half, the is also the rotating exhibit which takes another 40minutes.

Overall a nice place to stop at and take an educational tour.
I suggest visiting before 2Pm as there are demonstrations of robots and more activities.

1  Thank Ilia T
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a good break from the bustling shopping and sights of the City while there in Tokyo. Odaiba is worth a few hours and this should be a stop while there...the building and the contents are fascinating. It is easy to get to and a fine use of some "extra" time. Tokyo is proud of this museum and it is a showcase. It is mainly for kids and those who have out of town visitors to see some of the conventional , and cutting edge, new science in Japan. It is better if you speak and can use some basic Japanese to communicate with staff and visitors, although a lot is in English, Chinese or other European languages. The gift shop has some interesting items for purchase and good examples of Japan's efforts to advance in science and technology. It is worth the admission and the place is a great stop for kids 5-15 years old. If you have a budding engineer in the family, this is a great place as a tourist to show and tell.

2  Thank SeeSawSay
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Miraikan, or the National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation in Tokyo has been on my list of places to visit for the longest of time. So on my first trip to Tokyo, I dedicated an entire day to visit the centre (and of course to catch up with my friends there). It was a really good day and all my expectations were met and exceeded.

Located on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo bay, Miraikan is surrounded by water, shopping malls, and numerous other attractions but still holds its own. The centre has a sleek curved glass-fronted facade that's modern, appealing, and dare I say it, futuristic. Pretty apt for a museum designed to showcase the future.

The star attraction of Miraikan (which by the way is free for all to view) is the Geo-Cosmos - a stunning digital Earth that hangs from the high ceilings. The organic LED's project high resolution images of cloud cover, weather, temperature, and numerous other renditions of our blue planet. It's really an amazing piece of art that inspires, educates, and enriches. I could have easily spent hours just looking at it.

There are many ways to enjoy the Geo-Cosmos. A wide spiralling stairway all around it provides you with an opportunity to admire the globe with a 360 degree vantage point. It's a thoughtful design which anchors the Geo-Cosmos as part of the building - it's essentially the heart of Miraikan in which everything else emanates from.

Miraikan has a variety of permanent galleries and exhibitions that are dotted with interaction opportunities and shows. Science communicators can be seen manning tables and are friendly and ready to help with questions while demonstrating/talking about innovative scientific discoveries. Everything is bi-lingual so it is tourist-friendly and many of the staff do speak English. There's also a 3D dome theatre with numerous screenings throughout the day. It's free with an admission ticket but you do need to get another ticket for your preferred show/s ahead of time. Ask for an English audio guide for the shows.

Generally, Miraikan is an amazing science centre with a good balance of offerings including plenty of rest areas, a cafe, and a couple of restaurants. Way finding is straight-forward thanks to the well thought out design. There's various experiences on offer from artifacts to interactives to shows, and visitors of all ages will easily be able to find something to do. And of course, there's always the joy of just enjoying the Geo-Cosmos!

Visit my blog at http://www.danjumbuck.com/2012/08/attraction-review-miraikan-science.html for photos.

2  Thank danjumbuck
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Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

Far from been perfect, it's an excellent option if you are around. Here it's where Asimo is, if you are in Japan and youvlike the technology you have to see it.

Shows (all show, not Asimo show only) are a few on the day, so if you had lost a show maybe you will have yo wait two hours for the next, it's annoying...

But if you have time, and you like a little bit science, you should coming here.

Costs the same as Science museum (in fact it's cheaper) and it's a lot better, no way.

2  Thank Adrián Q
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