National Museum of Nature and Science, Taito

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Discover the wonders of the natural world on a tour of National Museum of Nature and Science. Founded in 1871, the museum boasts a variety of exhibitions and interactive displays focused on the natural history of Japan, as well as the rest of the world. Visit the Japanese gallery and acquaint yourself with the history of living things on the islands, or explore the global display to learn about evolution, scientific progress, and animal life. View the stuffed body of Hachiko, the legendary dog and subject of the eponymous movie, a fragment of the Nantan meteorite, a World War II fighter plane, and numerous other permanent and temporary collections. Put National Museum of Nature and Science on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • This museum is an excellent learning environment. It has many interesting displays. As it is mainly in Japanese it can be a challenge for visitors. But it is still worth a visit. Excellent for young a...  more »
  • If you are a natural science geek this is the place to go! This museum has the most impressive collection of dinosaur and pre-history animal fossils (replicas) of museums of its kind in the world. Ver...  more »
  • On weekdays, but many trips for kindergarten and elementary school students, crowded so-so. I recommend weekdays holidays are very so so. Small kids can also enjoy the exhibition and want to come back over and over again.
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  • I've never been to such an informative place in my life... I was able to learn about anything from animals and ecology to chemistry and biology. The staff there are extremely kind and actually spoke some English which further enhanced my experiences there. If there's one thing I can recommend doing it would be the 360 view theater showing. It is in Japanese with no subtitles but the visuals allow you to understand what is going on. Highly recommended for anyone in Tokyo!
  • If you can't speak Japanese then your ability to access much of this place is limited, despite a pretty hefty price tag. There are some interesting displays but not enough to make your money worthwhile, let alone your time worthwhile when the much more interesting Ueno Park is right nearby. If you have a particular interest in Japanese flora and fauna you might find this place worth your time but otherwise I cannot recommend this location.
  • The museum is quite big and covers all the main things related to natural sciences. Japan part is quite old and small, global part is new and very big. If you have limited time I recommend to start with the latter. Also, there are sometimes descriptions in English, but not everywhere unfortunately. Sometimes you see something interesting and have no idea about the details.
  • It's overall a nice place to visit if you enjoy going through a detailed exhibition of all things science and nature through the time. They have two sections, the international section and the Japanese section so you can easily spend 3-5 hours there. You can buy your tickets at the entrance and there's typically no queues to get the tickets. It's also a great place for family and they have chairs in all the exhibition halls for anyone who wants to take a quick rest. The only setback is that all the descriptions are written in Japanese, so if you're interested in understanding the exhibition, you'll need to rent the audio guide for an additional fee.
  • Very interesting! They have lots of exhibts and many of the descriptions are in both English and Japanese (although there was certainly places where it was in only Japanese). If I go back I would get the English audio tour. This would be a great place to bring children. It is also very close to a lot of other museums, so you can spend all day just touring them without having to travel all over the city
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