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National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan
Ranked #4 of 151 things to do in Koto
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Not worth the time”
Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

The permanent exhibits seemed quite outdated. Some of the exhibits were showing how we need to get away from fossil fuels while others proudly were displaying that Japan has the best oil-drilling ships in the world.
There is a robot demonstration of Asimo but it was only showing VERY basic moves such as walking "fast", dancing and kicking a stationary ball. It would have been much more interesting if they showed where it could be used - can it use hand held-devices? push a wheelchair with a person in it? Cook?

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Carl A
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is one of the best science centres I visited. Sometimes these places are so old that they border on science centre and science museum. At Miraikan the visitor is impressed with very modern technology from the start. My favourite is the exhibition where a ring of light follows the visitor around the floor and guiding him/her to personalised displays. Very high tech indeed!

Other highlights are the huge router, which uses balls to represent bits showing how they are transported over a computer network. And don't forget the photography exhibit where visitors can leave trails in ultra violet which light up as cats footprints. Several times a day scientists demonstrate the use of liquid nitrogen. Of course Asimo, the Honda humanoid robot, is the star attraction and performs twice a day.

There were two things I was less happy about. The show at the dome theatre was more poetic than scientific. I expected a planetarium and got poems about the beauty of the night sky instead. The special exhibition "Made in Japan" was fairly static and didn't show anything I didn't know. It certainly wasn't worth the extra 400 yen admission.

If you want to try everything and attend every show, Miraikan offers is a full day of exploration. Because some shows are very popular, reservations are required. However, the visitor can make reservations when buying the ticket. And like the other reviewers said: ticket prices are very fair.

Miraikan is very easy to find. The moment you get out of the train it is signposted from the station (exit at: Fune no Kagakukan). Everything is bi-lingual from the very first signpost to the gift shop. Even during presentations foreigners get a little side presentation in English. Wonderful!

Visited December 2013
3 Thank i0kan
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“A fun and cheap way to spend half a day”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Although the museum doesn't have a huge number of exhibits (there are only two main, permanent exhibition floors) it is very well staffed and maintained. The exhibits are interesting (even to adults) and are accessible to English speakers. There are English speaking 'Science Coordinators' who are very friendly and happy to explain the exhibits in more detail.

The building itself is very pleasant (clean, light and airy) and there is a quiet area on the top floor where you can relax during your visit. There is a 3D planetarium on the sixth floor and although I found it a little underwhelming - it did come with optional English audio and was included in the standard ticket price (which was only 600 yen) so I was satisfied.

The museum's main attraction is the humanoid Asimo but unfortunately his shows are only held twice a day, at 11am and 2pm. I missed both of them but still considered my visit to be worthwhile. The museum has plenty of exhibits that are primarily aimed for children but there is enough there to interest adults and I recommend it to anyone who is visiting Odaiba.

Visited December 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Asimo is the star, but still a great way to spend a couple of hours”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Well i start by saying i only really went hear to see Asimo (Honda's robot) and was more then happy to pay the 600 yen just for this, oh and knowing there will be some other things of interest too. PS thanks to the other reviews on Trip advisor and a bit of research first,

Well I was not disappointed, but I will reiterate what other have said, the shows you have to pre book and and do get full very quickly, but there is no extra charge for any of them. On a side note i was there on a Sat at 10am and had not problem, so guessing it just luck in term of tickets for the shows and it was November too.

As a museum its a great way to learn about future technology and and also present tec. It also has a great mock up of the living quarters of the international space station and also a good exhibit on the Japanese space program, Though i agree that some of the exhibits even though they are described in both Japanese and English are a tad hard to get your head around.

If you have kids with you then this place is a must, as it is very interactive and they will love Asimo too, that thing is amazing, im sure there is a small human inside that thing, but im reliably told nope its 100% robot.

Ill sum up by saying for the price of the entrance you can't go wrong and the shows are top notch, especially the Planetarium. So if you are in the area and I appreciate there is so much to do there as it all very futuristic cite with its sky train and glass buildings, but try to add this to your list of places to go to if your there and great on a rainy day too.

As always with my reviews it based on my opinion on the day and I try to be as honest as possible, but again for not allot of money as a great time can be had at this museum.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Chris H
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Victoria, Canada
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“Really an interactive Museum for children”
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

This museum is really meant for children not too much here for adults. There are a few interactive exhibits for children to play with.

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