Directions by Foot

Hibiya Line:
about 5 mins from Kamiyacho Station exit 4b.
about 4 mins from Toranomon Hills Station Exit A1, A2
Ginza Line:
about 10 mins from Toranomon Station exit a2.
Namboku Line:
about 15 mins from Roppongi-itchome Station.

Easily accessible by public transportation. No car parking is available.
* If you have difficulty walking, please kindly let us know by calling before visiting.
A bicycle parking is available, but please be aware that the number of racks are limited.

Location:
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
105-0001
The museum occupies
the 1st and 2nd floors
of the building
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
The last planetarium session starts at 7:00 pm. (Final entry is 7:30pm)
Closing Days:
Second Mondays of every month,
New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)

Admission

General admission entry is free

An admission applies only for entry to the Planetarium.

Admission for planetarium:
Adult ¥600 / Child (6-18) ¥100
Annual Membership:
Adult ¥2,000 / Child (6-18) ¥300

* Annual Membership is sold at Museum's reception on the first floor. It’s valid for one day at a time.

* Admission for planetarium is free for infants, preschoolers, people 65 years old or older, disabled people living in Minato City and their caregivers (up to one person). Please show us your certification. Please take a free admission ticket at museum’s reception.

* The permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions are free of charge. You don’t need a ticket.

Special Exhibition, Autumn 2021
“5G Linking to Future – Communication Technology to Support Diversity of Society

Experience "5G“ in fall. A 5G environment will be temporarily set up in Minato Science Museum.

The exhibition and events will be held in conjunction with the demonstration experiment conducted by Minato City as a place for new learning experiences and community exchanges.

What is the difference between conventional communications and 5G? While unraveling the history of communications, we will introduce the new technologies that will be realized by 5G, and ask what these technologies will achieve and how they will change our lives.

What is the role of new communication technologies in an age where diversity is emphasized? This presentation will give you a sense of what life will be like in the future, just a few steps ahead of our current lives. It’s recommended for over 12 yrs.

Period: October 13th to November 7th
Admission fee: FREE

Permanent Exhibition

The exhibitions are interactive. The theme is to discover and explore the science that lives in the city. In the four corners of “Nature”, “City”, “Sea” and “Human”. All generations are welcomed to learn science with fun.

* For the prevention of infectious diseases, some hands-on exhibits have been suspended.

Nature

We focus on animals, plants and insects that live in Minato City.
You can experience the connection between your life and nature, and also deepen your understanding of the importance of biodiversity.

Exhibitions:
Palette of animals and plants/Life cycles of animals and plants/Insect's eye-view/Life under our feet/Animals and plants under the microscope/Observe insects through a polarizing filter/Seed dispersal experiment

City

You can encounter science and technology that is usually invisible in the town. Experience it while exploring how technology is enriching and supporting your life.

Exhibitions:
Fly over Minato City in virtual reality/Buildings and earthquakes/What color is this?/Beneath the town streets/Generate electricity with a hand crank generator /Lift heavy loads with a crane pulley/Structure Puzzle/Move it with Magnets

Sea

“Minato” in Minato City means a port! The focus is on the sea, rivers, ships, etc. Why do ships float on water? Can sound travel through the water? Let's consider these questions together.

Exhibitions:
Water flow simulator/Bubbles that sink?/Send the sound/Minato City Elevator/Bridge structure puzzle game/Cartesian Diver/Tornado in a Bottle

Human

You can see the “humans” who take the leading role in Minato City from a scientific perspective. Let's explore the inside of your body and your five senses. Also you can be active with reflex tests and run with animals to compare your speed.

Exhibitions:
Body scanner/Reflexes test/Virtual sound gallery/Tactile box/Pseudoscope

Planetarium

A beautiful starry sky is reproduced with 8 million stars and a dome image full of realism. The commentator introduces how to enjoy the sky and seasonal topics.

Dome Diameter:15m
Seats:121

Makuma's Space Adventure -Autumn constellations-

Makuma-kun“ is a stuffed bear who stays at home happily and a little sadly, waiting for his roommate ”the boy“ to come home. Today, he is staying at home while drawing. While drawing a picture of a rocket in his sketchbook... before he knows it, he‘s off to the world of stars with his rocket! The great adventure in the starry sky begins! In this film, you can also see stop-motion animation. There is also a starry sky commentary. *This program is mainly for families with small children.

INAZMA DELIVERY  The space travel of BYTHEWAY?! Close encounters of a black hole

An alien named “BYTHEWAY” who lives in a faraway galaxy, leaves his home planet to meet sharks on Earth. While adventuring across the universe, he encounters perilous black holes, mysterious galaxies and various stars! Join “BYTHEWAY” as he explores the wonders of space and learns about diversity here on Earth. There is also a starry sky commentary.

MINATO-CITY a Portrait In Time and "Starry Sky Walk“

An original program from Minato Science Museum! This program focuses on the "history", "four seasons", and "a day" of Minato City from the perspective of "time", which flows away casually. Focusing on the "history," "seasons," and "a day" of Minato City from the perspective of "time," which passes by without us even thinking about it, this program condenses the flow of "time" by using a full-dome drone and time-lapse photography, and lets you experience the extraordinary "time of Minato City" hidden in our daily lives. You can also listen and watch to a planetarium commentator's live commentary on the starry sky for about 30 minutes, from the sunset of the day to the sunrise of the next day. Please enjoy the star-filled sky projected by the state-of-the-art planetarium optical projector "ORPHEUS" in the middle of the city.

Starry Sky Walk

Tsukimi, or moon viewing, is most famous for the "Mid-Autumn Moon" on August 15th of the lunar calendar, but there have been many other moon viewing customs in Japan. In this program, we will introduce the origin and customs of Otsukimi and show you how you can enjoy the moon even in the city. Let's take the time to enjoy the beautiful autumn moon.

Night of Falling Stars
-Revealing the secrets of meteor showers-

A shooting star is a light that shines for a moment in the night sky and then disappears. What are they really? Every year, on a certain day, there is a meteor shower with many shooting stars. Why is there such a special night? And what is the grand journey that connects shooting stars and the solar system? We will dynamically move back and forth between the flow of time and the scale of space to get to the truth of shooting stars. There will be a live commentary on the starry sky in the first half.

Period: Oct. 1 - Dec. 14

HEALING EARTH

Have you ever seen a real spectacular view? The starry skies of South America's Salar de Uyuni, where the surface of the lake reflects like a mirror; the aurora borealis, with its ever-changing colors that appear on the polar night of the Svalbard archipelago in Northern Europe; and the high-definition stars captured by the HSC ultra-high resolution camera of the Subaru Telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's the ultimate healing science program, featuring over 20K real images, music that tugs at your heartstrings by SEKAI NO OWARI and Yucca, and soothing narration by voice actor Takahiro Sakurai.


Japan Meteorological Agency,
Meteorological Science Museum
locates in the same building.

You can learn about disaster prevention and the present through nature and meteorological phenomena at Meteorological Science Museum.
Meteorological Science Museum Website (only Japanese)
https://www.jma.go.jp/jma/kishou/intro/kagakukan.html

Japan Meteorological Agency Mascot Character “Harerun” Japan Meteorological Agency
Mascot Character
“Harerun”