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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.
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.
The largest room in the museum concentrates on Japanese artifacts. China is also well represented in a separate section where there are statues from the Han and Tang dynasties. Many pieces from the collection are the result of Meiji University's active on-site excavation programs both in Japan and overseas. Admission is free.
A recent exhibition here featured correspondence by famous Japanese figures from various periods in history. For example: Sukenga Hino (1119-1195) (Heian), Yasutoki Hojo (1183-1241) (Kamakura), and even tea-ceremony icon, Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591)(Muromachi). The Edo period was represented by artist extraordinaire Koetsu Honami (1558-1637), Emperor Reigen (1654-1732) and Prince Yukihito Arisugawa (1656-1699). The permanent collection at this museum includes screen painting, sculptures, bronzes and lacquer, all assembled below ground level in a contemporary high-rise building.
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
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.
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.
Tokyo Dome City is like a dream come true for any tourist. A day is too short to conquer the whole place. Complete with an amusement park containing rides like Thunder Dolphin and Wonder Drop, the kids can have a great time while the parents relax and get pampered at the spa. If shopping is on your mind, make sure that you visit the large mall with its numerous shops. Any one of the multiple restaurants will be the perfect place to finish off an eventful day.
Where else could you take an old-school rollercoaster up through a giant hole cut into an adjacent commercial building? Considered a medium-sized fun park, you can spend the day riding the Linear Gale (the world's first hanging rollercoaster), scream as the Tower Hacker speedily drops you from 80 meters above, or catch a great view from the top of the Skyflower. If that's not enough, you can also visit the numerous other attractions located nearby at LaQua where the Big O Ferris Wheel, the Thunder Dolphin coaster, the Wonder Drop water slide and the Venus Lagoon merry-go-round all patiently await. Are you up for it?
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.
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.
The Ueno Royal Museum houses artworks of Japanese and international artistes. Sculptures, sketches, photography and paintings handling various culture-specific themes are displayed during the museum's exhibitions. The premises are wheelchair accessible, and there is a small coffee shop where visitors can stop for a cup of beverage and some snacks. Admission charges are different for every exhibition.