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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. Take a look at our Tokyo trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to National Museum of Nature and Science and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This museum is a must if you're visiting Ueno Park. It has an amazing 360 show, a huge collection of stuffed animals, diverse dinosaurs skeletons and a floor dedicated to science and technology. Most ...  more »
  • I went with some friends in a free time and it was an excellent choice. The Museum is very large, has from skeletons of dinosaurs to a collection of antique navigation instruments. The downside is that everything is in Japanese, and only a few things in English. If you master this last language you understand a bit but if you drive only Spanish then you will be a visit just to see.
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  • Parents and children that compass in zone and great cormorants. Objet vacant portion of the slide a little and the animal's face and put out his head and staff.
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  • I love Museum of Natural History anywhere else, and although I'm not a big museum fan in general, I always try to check this museum in the cities I have visited. This museum is in Ueno Park, among the museum complex there, so it's very easy to get there, just a stroll out of Ueno station, surrounded by the beautiful greeneries in the park. Entrance is 600 Yen for adult, which is quite the standard fare for museums in Tokyo. The museum is divided in two section - the global section and the Japan section. Since we were mostly interested in the Japan section, we went there first. The layout was quite confusing, but the Japan section is the one at the main entrance. Go straight up to 3rd floor and make your way downstairs. If there's any regret on this museum is because they're hardly any English explanations in most of the items. I know that Japanese people aren't keen in English, but I wish I understood Japanese in most of my stay, including the visit to this museum. The Japan section was very much interesting, but not much things to read from apart from the English title. That said, things have gotten much better since I visited Japan a year ago in general. So, all in all a great museum, but there's not much information in English, but you can always entertain yourself with the amount of interesting items on display here, including the huge swimming dinosaur bones!
  • A good museum. Relatively few exhibits compared to for example the British museum but it compensates with a lot of money spent on technology bringing the world of Natural history to life. Excellent value at 600yen for adults. A slight negative- the restaurant is poor and the otherwise great kids section closes at 15:00and must be booked beforehand
  • The museum had some excellent and unique displays, including a wonderful overview of the universe from the Big Bang to modern human society that included displays of real meteorites and dinosaur bones. There was also some fascinating technology on display such as old computers, a working scanning television system and satellites and rockets. Most unique of all is the ability to view under a microscope a piece of comet dust captured from space by the Hayabusa probe.
  • Get the audio guide! This museum is absolutely amazing and has a huge amount of material inside it (the longest route that is recommended by the audio guide takes 5hours!). Everything from evolution to scientific techniques is presented, although with very little English translations. The audio guide does an excellent job of explaining everything. You can even rent it in tablet form so you can read and/or listen, whatever you prefer. The more hardcore scientist will enjoy the bottoms floors filled with early discovered techniques like protein mass spectrometry, whilst younger ones will love the animated movie of human evolution and all the taxidermied animals.
  • Splendid exhibition from the big bang to home sapiens thru real scale dinosaurs and whales, just a shame it's all in Japanese. Worth it anyway for the splendid dinos! And the surrounding Park and it's restaurant and really great at night. Rare in Tokyo.