Established in 1931, this museum in Tokyo’s business district Nihonbashi is located on the fifth floor of Taimeiken restaurant. The former owner of the restaurant has collected more than 3,000 kites, mostly from the Edo period (1603 - 1868), of which 300 are on display. The walls and ceiling are adorned with kites from around the world. See if you can spot the Indonesian kites made from dried leaves, the ones with printed samurai motives, or even those made from styrofoam.
Tokyo houses a large number of popular museums, but if you dig a bit deeper, you can encounter a whole new world of independent spaces targeting niche interests. Explore everything from preserved parasite keyrings at the Meguro Parasitological Museum, slurp plenty of ramen at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, or marvel at the works of tattoo artist Horiyoshi III at the Bunshin Tattoo Museum. Here, we've collected some of the capital's most unusual museums for you to discover.