Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation
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This family-friendly museum in Tokyo’s amusement district, Odaiba, examines our daily livesthrough a scientific lens. It has one of the best entrances of all Tokyo museums; the impressive 6.5-metre Geo-Cosmos globe hanging from the atrium is fitted with 10,362 OLED panels on its surface, alternating between showing global weather patterns, cities and their populations, human migration movements and more.
Many people come here for the interactive robots and AI: to watch the performance of Honda’s famous humanoid robot ASIMO (from 11am,1pm, 2pm, 4pm) or talk to the lifelike android Otonaroid. In the space and astronomy corner, you can step inside International Space Station living quarters. There is even a hands-on mechanical model using black and white balls to explain the operating principle of the Internet.
If all this interaction is too much, take a breather in the 121-seat spherical Dome Theater ‘Gaia’ which shows 3D moving images of our universe based on scientific data (¥300, children aged 18 and younger ¥100; reservations can be made online, or at the ticket counter upon arrival).
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku
|Transport:||Funeno-Kagakukan Station or Telecom Center Station (Yurikamome)|
|Price:||¥620, children aged 18 and younger ¥210, free for children aged 6 or younger. Free admission on Sat for children aged 18 or younger, May 5 for children aged 18 or younger, Jul 9, Sep 16 (2019) for people aged 65 or older, Nov 2 (2019).|
|Opening hours:||10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), closed Tue, Dec 28-Jan 1|