Are you traveling to Tokyo with a pre-adolescent or adolescent who just can’t get enough of technology and Science? You’ve chosen the right destination because Japan’s capital happens to be home to some of the world’s best technology and science museums. What’s more, they’re really designed for kids.

Sony Explorascience Museum

This is the best place to take your very young techie to. Of course, most of the exhibits you’ll see here would laud consumer technology. If you have no qualms with that, you and your child can enjoy an entire day exploring the museum’s interactive exhibits and games. It’s certainly a fun yet educational place to take your child to.

If you’d like something similar, Panasonic also has a showroom that’s very much like Sony’s downtown. You’d notice a difference between the two showrooms. Sony focuses on entertainment, while Panasonic has more trivia regarding technology.

This doesn’t mean that Sony depends on pure spectacle. Mathematical principles will be explained in a simplistic manner for children to appreciate. There’s also an exhibit focused solely on sound waves. You won’t be guided by a human guide, but will be handed a portable device which acts like a guide. Unlike the other museums, this stop caters to both English- and Japanese-speaking visitors.

Gas Science Museum

You might think that a museum focusing on natural gases would be too much of a bore for your kids. Think again because this is actually one of the best places to take your kids to when you’re in Tokyo. The setup is ingenious. While the main point behind the displays is to explain the benefits and history of natural gases, everything is arranged like a playground. Children can actually enjoy this interactive exhibit.

The Gas Science Museum is the PR-arm of the Tokyo Gas Company, but everything is so well-thought-out, you’d think this museum was built by an eccentric who really just likes natural gases and would invest in a place for other kids to start loving this branch of science as well.

Tokyo Science Museum

This museum might seem like it’s been there forever, but if you’re looking for a single place which puts together all the basic principles of physics and biology in exhibits which children would really appreciate, you should go straight here. The museum has five floors and they house sections for optical illusion, skin cells, race car engines, aurora borealis and whatnot. You can have yourself filmed in slow motion or even watch how lasers make CDs.

The only downside here is that all the information is in Japanese. Unless you can translate these to your kids, you won’t be able to get anything out of it. Non-Japanese speakers, however, say that the exhibits are self-explanatory enough for foreigners to appreciate as well. The playground structure of the exhibits makes for a great workout for your kids as well.

National Museum of Science and Nature

This institution is about 130 years old and it holds more than four million specimens. It’s much more serious than the other museums, though, and probably more suitable for older kids. You and your child would appreciate the impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and other life forms which can be found in Japan. You will also see rocket engines because it’s a big part of Japanese history.

It will probably take you days to explore the entire museum because it’s that huge. You might also want to hold on to smaller children’s hands because some displays are so realistic, they can be frightening for young minds. It’s a stone’s throw away from Ueno Zoo, so when you’re done looking at fossils, you can let your kids see real, live animals.

Miraikain: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

The architecture of this museum is definitely impressive because it’s just so futuristic. In fact, on the monorail going into the museum, you’d think you’re about to be included in a science fiction scene. However, once you get in, you and your children will be immersed in nothing but scientific facts. The exhibits inside the museum cater to Japanese, Korean, English, and Chinese speaking visitors. There are plenty of new exhibits every week, and the permanent ones are also very impressive.



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