Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro

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#31 of 364 in Museums in Tokyo
If you're curious about the strange world of parasites, and have a steely disposition, visit Meguro Parasitological Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world. Inspect over 300 parasitic specimens in formaldehyde jars, along with informative movies and somewhat disturbing displays regarding the parasites' life cycles and interaction with humans. Examine the museum's prized exhibit, a record-breaking 8.8 m (28.8 ft) tapeworm, along with accompanying rope of similar dimensions, to give you a true sense of its magnitude. Be sure to pop into the gift shop before you leave, and browse a host of novelty T-shirts and key rings. Plan to visit Meguro Parasitological Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tokyo attractions using our Tokyo trip itinerary app .
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  • A personal kind of parasite that is described in the book is seen as very nice. On the other hand, people do not know me and feel bad! More interesting may not. Prior knowledge and to recommend the.
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  • We happened to be staying in the general vicinity so stopped through, as other reviews say it is a small place but if you are into parasitology, it may be well worth a visit. It is a walk from the tra...  more »
  • Truely, a highlight on our journey. Found out about this museum just that morning and since we were staying in Meguro-ku decided to walk there. Not disappointed either. It's a small exhibit and not ev...  more »
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  • Understandably, most of the exhibits were in Japanese. However, there was still a great deal to see as an English speaker! The staff member also spoke pretty fluent English, which was definitely welcome. The tour is a short, small two floors, but well worth the visit. They appreciate donations, and the entry is free. They also have small lockers for your stuff while you are there, but they require a 100 yen coin to use.
  • The museum is a proper research institute, well organized and thoroughly educational. You learn that fully 70,000 species - 6% of all animals - are of the parasitic persuasion. And 300 such specimens are on show here. The star attraction is undoubtedly the 8.8-meter tapeworm that was hauled out of some guy after he ate raw trout (believe me: if you get a trout, you cook it). Compared with some of the denizens of the formalin jars here and the hideous effects they wreak, John Hurt's late dinner companion in Alien seems almost benign.
  • A rare hidden gem. Such a quirky and interesting place. It is educational, highlighting something most would not want to explore. Wish more of the exhibits would have English text.
  • Quirky little museum on worms! The explanations are in both Japanese and English. There's also a small museum souvenir corner. Make a donation to visit in lieu of a ticket price.
  • Nice samples of creepy worms and microscopic creatures. Interesting if you are into science and enjoy alternative tourism. However, a little bit too long of a trip to get there.

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