Meguro Parasitological Museum

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  1. 目黒寄生虫館
    Photo: Meguro Parasitological Museum
  2. 目黒寄生虫館
    Photo: Meguro Parasitological Museum
  3. 目黒寄生虫館
    Photo: Meguro Parasitological Museum

Time Out says

This museum was opened in 1953 by Satoru Kamegai, a doctor who was overwhelmed by patients afflicted by parasites caused by the poor sanitary conditions which were widespread in post-war Japan. This unusual venture displays some 300 samples of 45,000 parasites he collected.

The second floor has a display of an 8.8m tapeworm taken from the body of a 40-year-old man, with a ribbon next to it to emphasise just how long 8.8m really is. Better yet, the shop sells parasites preserved in plastic keyrings − we are not kidding. Entrance is free, but the museum encourages donations. Go ahead and drop your contribution into the clearly marked donation box.


4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku
Meguro Station (Yamanote line), west exit
Free, but donations are encouraged
Opening hours:
10am-5pm, closed Mon & Tue
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