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- Address: Aomi Street, Koto, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
- Hours: Wed-Mon 10am-5pm. (Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time)
- Admission: Adults 620 yen; Children 210 yen
This shiny metal building in the Odaiba District is also known as the “Future Museum.” The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a great place to explore Tokyo's high-tech side and a fun excursion for both kids and adults.
Exhibits are based around four major themes: "Global Environment and Frontiers", "Technological Innovations and the Future", "Information Sciences and Technologies for Society" and "Life Science and Humans." All exhibits are explained in Japanese as well as English and volunteer staff answer questions and conduct scientific demonstrations.
A large area is dedicated to earthquakes, a huge issue in Japan, and here you can watch real time seismometers across the country vibrating. An enormous Geo-cosmos globe shows global weather patterns as they happen. The most popular exhibit however is ASIMO, a humanoid robot created by Honda who can walk, run and interact with humans.
There are several options when trying to get to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. If you're traveling by train, you can take the Yurikamone line and get off at either Fune-no Kagakukan station or Telecom Center station. It's about a 5 minute walk from either station. You can also take the rapid transit line Rinkai, and get off at Tokyo Teleport Station - a 15 minute walk from the entrance. Additionally, you can take the free Bay Shuttle and get off at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The museum is also accessed by car (there's a parking lot with a daily fee) or by bus.