Futuristic family fun at Tokyo's Miraikan museum
Japan’s status as a leading light in science and technology is reflected spectacularly at Miraikan, the country’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Miraikan’s fascinating exhibits range from real-time monitoring of Earth’s geological activity, to radical robotics and interactive zones that look into the latest breakthroughs and discoveries.
What to expect at Miraikan...
Offering multi-sensory hands on exhibits that involve everyone from toddlers to teenagers (and adults!), Tokyo's Miraikan 'future museum' is the perfect place to experience the exciting possibilities in our immediate future and beyond.
Miraikan is located on Odaiba island, which can be reached by a 15 minute ride from downtown Tokyo on the fully automated Yurikamome. A journey on this driverless transit system, controlled by computers alone as it swoops over Tokyo Bay, is an exhilarating way to start your exploration of the cutting edge of science and technology!
At the centre of Miraikan's huge foyer hovers the Geo-Cosmos. Beautifully projected into the museum’s central space, this high-definition ‘globe-like’ 3D image of the Earth shows detailed data about the weather, movement of people, season changes and much more. It's a breathtaking introduction to the concepts of global monitoring and communications, which is sure to fire the imagination.
If your interest in the latest developments in computing and robotics is piqued by your trip, you can continue your investigations in the Robot World zone. Highlights here include demonstrations of the pioneering humanoid robot ASIMO, and the chance to ride the revolutionary personal mobility device UNI-CUB.
Further exhibits showcase the most up-to-date possibilities in android cybernetics, and transport you to a world more commonly seen in science fiction!
For fully hands-on experiences for the very young, head to the Curiosity Field. Here children can explore the forces of physics by moving objects on the Rolling Lawn, let their drawings run wild in a room made entirely from whiteboard, and create giant marble runs on the Orb Track.
There is the opportunity to discover works created by other children in the Wunderkammer (Room of Wonder), try out prototype kits to encourage creativity, and join in special workshops to maximise kids’ enjoyment of this fantastic museum.
Miraikan offers such a rich choice of experiences that a day here inspires and excites all ages, and leaves you with the inspired feeling of having watched the future unfold.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2-3 hours
Accommodation: your choice of Tokyo accommodation
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'I had a fantastic time here myself, let alone the kids, who were thoroughly absorbed... the interactive exhibits really were interactive, and lots of fun as well as being impressive. The explanations in English were helpful, too.'
Interesting to know...
Odaiba can also be reached via a trip on the Himiko Spaceboat, aka the futuristic looking water taxi that ferries passengers around Tokyo Bay. The island is also home to, amongst other attractions, Fuji TV, a futuristic building with a spherical observation deck that's open to the public; the Panasonic Centre, which showcases the latest concepts in home technology; Venus Fort, an immense shopping centre built to resemble an 18th century European town (it's like being inside a gilded ballroom accompanied by Hello Kitty); and Leisureland - an amusement arcade on a massive scale, ideal for teenagers.