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National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation: The Once Place to Visit in Japan

last update: February 23, 2019
Admission:: 620¥

Opening hours: 10-17

Closing days: Tuesdays Japan, an amazing country across the globe filled with wonder and magic that surely everyone would love to visit. In fact, it’s estimated that the number of international people that travelled to Japan in December 2018 was around 2.6 million, which was an increase of around 4.4%.

The total number of visitors in 2018 overall actually increased by 8.7% since 2017 to 31 million. So, what are all these people going to see? Well, for one thing, this is a place known for its food, culture and internationally renowned brands, such as Hello Kitty and Pokémon.

However, something else Japan is known for across the world is its innovation in the world of technology. From companies like Sony. Panasonic and RS Components to car brands such as Subaru and Toyota and even aeronautics, nuclear power and biomedical research – Japan has always been at the forefront of technological innovation.

That’s why those visiting Japan should take time out to visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo.

The Museum

Purpose built by Japan’s Science and Technology Agency, the building was opened up in 2001. Located in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, it’s pretty easy to reach due to its popularity. But for those looking for quick access, there’s a fully automated driverless transit system from downtown Tokyo every 15 minutes, known as the Yurikamome.

The idea behind the museum was to create somewhere that you can understand the things happening in the world today, from a scientific viewpoint. Alongside this, it also opens up the opportunity to discuss what awaits us in the future, through the advances of science and technology.

What’s There?

This may all sound great, but you’re probably sat there wondering exactly what you can do at the museum. Well, this ever-popular attraction offers up so much for you to explore, we’ve broken down a few favourites below.
Miraikan Explore Frontiers
Explore Frontiers
This is a permanent exhibition that allows you to explore space, the solar system, the earth itself, and all the life there in a wide variety of scales. Take the time to wander around the interactive exhibits such as ‘earth environment and me’ and ‘mission survival’.
Miraikan Create your future
Create your future
This takes a look at how the human race could apply and evolve sustainable prosperity. Here you’ll be able to interact with robots and androids, go backward from the future and look at a hands-on model of the internet, while imagining a future society and lifestyle that you want for humans.
Miraikan Discover your Earth
Discover your Earth
Exactly how much do you know about the planet that you live on? Well, in this permanent exhibit the cutting-edge technology will allow you to experience and understand the links between life and earth environment.
With all this on offer and much, much more due to the ever-changing exhibitions, it’s little wonder that this place is so popular. So, if you’re one of the millions planning on visiting Japan, make sure you take the time to visit this amazing place, filled with cutting edge technology from a country that’s world-leading in this field.

How to get to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo

The nearest station to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is Telecom Center station of the Yurikamome, 600 meters away. Alternatively, the previous stop Fune No Kagakukan station is about 800 meters away.

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Rakuten Travel Experiences.

How to use Rakuten Travel Experiences

Rakuten Travel is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Rakuten Travel you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Rakuten Travel you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

Take a look at Rakuten Travel Experiences

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