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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.