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Fire Museum, Shinjuku

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Witness the historical development of Japan's fire department on a family-friendly tour of Fire Museum. Start on the sixth floor, where special exhibits and a children's room complete with firefighter-related games and videos will keep all ages entertained. Working downwards, chart the progression from the perils of 17th-century firefighting, depicted in a traditional bunraku puppet show on the fifth floor, through to the technological advancements since the mid-1800s, showcased on the fourth floor. Today's high-tech equipment sported by mannequins on the third floor offer an interesting contrast. Cap off the tour with a bite to eat and a view of the area on the tenth-floor observation deck. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fire Museum and many more Tokyo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Tokyo tour itinerary planner.
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  • Through every so often because it is the closest station to my parents ' House. Exhibition itself is interesting in its own way, but exterior walls (Yotsuya-Sanchome intersection corner) of appeared doll marching band dressed in fire, and become ordinary objects are open to, and also hidden. Not with so many people gone without knowing if you happened not at the intersection at the time? Very cute and happy children.
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  • Well done, small museum devoted to fire-fighting. Especially enjoyed the descriptions of fire-fighting in the Edo Period. Has a small lunch room on the top floor with vending machines and some views o...  more »
  • And children often use. 座retari to exhibit helicopters, so have fun and learn. Asides from Yotsuya-Sanchome, rainy days are smooth.
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  • As with many museums in Tokyo, sometimes the lack of English descriptions is a disappointment. However, this museum has quite a lot of interesting stuff on display and very easily accessed from Yotsuya-Sanchome metro station. It turned out to be much more engaging than I thought, even without sufficient English descriptions.
  • Excellent! Free! The animation movies can be played in English and lots of interactive vehicles to get in and buttons to press! No English on some things but the visuals are self explanatory for the most part. Kids can dress up in firemen gear for photos! Take a picnic and eat up on the top floor. A great few hours spent!
  • Very nice place for kids... mostly in Japanese but nothing too hard to understand!and yeah the entry is free!
  • Brilliant place to take children. Admitedly a lot of it is in Japanese, but it is not a problem for the young kids who will find a lot of interactive activities. It is so good... it is hard to believe it is free!
  • Surprisingly good given that it is free, and how it first appears! Would be OK for adults, but is great for kids, even without understanding Japanese. You get to go in two helicopters, a fire truck, dress up, watch various fire-safety-themed videos, see historical displays, plus a range of fire engines. If you are nearby, go for it. If you have young kids, make the trip.

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