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1-6-12 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JP, 135-0021

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Outdoor Activities

»Safe and Key Museum

This is a small museum with a collection that includes six big safes! Examples of both antique and contemporary Japanese locks and keys are also on display. Traditional single-action locks on Japanese chests are called omotejo. Keys are needed only when unlocking these chests because of the jamb-plate and button system that is incorporated into the material of the chest itself. This traditional method of construction dates to late 17th century.

3-4-1 Chitose
Tokyo, 130-0025

»Tabi Museum

Historically worn outdoors and crafted in leather, "tabi" are traditional pieces of Japanese footwear. Cotton tabi have been made for indoor use and worn with formal Japanese dress since the Tokugawa Era. Usually men wear black and women wear white. Amongst other exhibits in this small specialty museum are tabi of sumo wrestlers including a pair belonging to the American champion, Konishiki.

1-9-3 Midori

»Tokyo Great Tours

At Tokyo Great Tours, you can choose from three kinds of tours: kayaking, running, or cycling. If you can't speak Japanese, no problem. Most staff can speak English, so you will be able to have a good time with them. If you wish to learn more about tours, please go to their website. Have you ever joined such a unique tour? If not, this is a good opportunity.

1-3-2- Shinkawa
Tokyo, 104-0033

»Tortoise-shell Work Museum

The use of tortoise-shell to make elaborate hair ornaments reached a zenith during Tokyo's Edo Period (pre-1868). This precious material has also been incorporated into some of the items in the Shoso-in treasures, a collection which is exhibited in the city of Nara each autumn. Displays at this Yokoami museum include craftsmen's tools which have been used to produce a variety of accessories such as brooches and necklaces.

2-5-5 Yokoami
Sumida-ku, 130-0015

»Bridgestone Museum of Art

Visit the Bridgestone for an overview of the largely Paris School of 19th century impressionist-style art. Featured are Picasso, Monet, Renoir and Manet. The Japanese are represented by Takaji Fujishima and Shigeru Aoki. The two-floor exhibit space holds a permanent collection which also contains artifacts from classical Rome (metal), Greece (pottery pieces) and ancient Egypt (sculpture). See website for visitor info and event calendar. Admission: JPY500

1-10-1 Kyobashi

»Traditional Wood Sculpture Museum

Here you can learn the history behind the building decorations and wood sculptures that are found on Tokyo's temples and shrines. As city buildings were often the victims of fires, skilled carpenters were always in demand. Moreover, during the Edo Period, pre-1868 Tokyo, carpenters were the first tradesmen to organize themselves into a collective body called Taishi-ko whose purpose was to obtain wage increases. The work of these skilled craftsmen is well displayed here. Admission: Free

4-7-8 Higashi-Komagata
Tokyo, 130-0005

»Ace World Bag Museum

This specialty collection gives us a historical overview of luggage and other paraphernalia carried by the traveler. From steamer trunks used on extended ocean voyages to modern-day carry-on bags for the jet traveler, it is all here. Categorized by brand names and the manufacturer's country, there are both expensive pieces made from animal skin and the more utilitarian synthetic items. Admission: Free

1-8-10 Komagata
Tokyo, 111-0043

»Communications Museum

This is the museum to visit if you are fascinated by communications. Exhibits include a huge number of postage stamps and displays related to telephone, telegraph, and more recent telecommunications technologies. Numerous Japanese companies have contributed to this museum to enable the visitor to learn more about the country's sophisticated technology.

2-3-1 Otemachi
Tokyo, 100-0004


Yabusame is another ancient warrior technique horse-mounted archery—dating back some 1200 years. Horse and rider gallop past a target and somehow the archer manages to fire at and hit his mark. This is one martial art you cannot see at Budokan. It can be seen at various cultural events throughout the year. Watch the listings of cultural events for displays of this art. Probably the best time and place at which to see it is when Baji Equestian Park hosts 'Equestrian Day' on September 23rd, Autumnal Equinox.

Sumida Park
Tokyo, 130-0013

»Noh Mask Museum

As an integral part of Japanese Noh theater, beautifully carved masks are worn by actors to indicate the character they are portraying. The crafting of masks as an art form reached a zenith during the 14th Century and they continue to be made today. The focus of this museum's collection centers on 50 authentic Noh masks with descriptions of how they were crafted. Information is provided in English as well as Japanese. Noh souvenirs are also sold here.

5-10-5 Narihira

»Transportation Museum

Various travel modes are displayed, including steam locomotives, bicycles, and even a mock-up of a Japan Air Lines passenger cabin. Children will enjoy the experience of being a "conductor" on Japan Railways' Yamanote circle route. Horse-drawn carriages, coal-powered taxis and steel-wheeled cycles are just a few of the treats in store here. Many displays are "hands on" items. On the fourth floor, snacks can be eaten in a train dining-car.

1-25 Kanda Sudacho
Tokyo, 101-0041

»Drum Museum

Acoustics and aesthetics team up at this museum where there is the opportunity to beat on drums from several countries. Drums have been used in Japan to emit sound to expel demons and evilness. Indeed, as a symbol of Shinto shrines, drums are considered sacred. Drum adornment is an art form, and the breadth of the collection here is impressive. However some of the instruments are fragile and are off limits.

2-1-1 Nishi-Asakusa
Tokyo, 111-0035
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