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.

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 (per person, per visit):
Adults ¥600 / Child (6-18) ¥100
Annual Membership:
Adults ¥2,000 / Child (6-18) ¥300

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

* Admission 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.

The Sports Exhibitions – Supporters and Tools of Athletes

This is a special exhibition that not only introduces sports and athletes, but also provides a scientific perspective on the beauty of sports and the technical aspects of the people who support them. In particular, you will be able to compare old and new tools to get a closer look at the evolution of the tools that support athletes' records. For example, did you know that the spikes used in short-distance running have evolved from conventional spikes with pins to those without pins? Tennis rackets have also evolved from wood to aluminum and carbon.

We have also focused on para-sports equipment. Wheelchair basketball is attractive because of its intense movements. Also, There is also a corner where visitors can throw a ball in a real basketball wheelchair and experience sports using human body extension engineering. In the latter half of the exhibition period, the focus will be on measurement in athletics, so you can enjoy the exhibition twice. There will also be a lots of hands-on corners and events!

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

For the time being, the number of seats will be reduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

Makuma's Space Adventure -Spring 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.

Stardust Crystal Radio - Birth of the Universe Inflation Theory -

Inflation, a rapid expansion that occurred in a very short time in the very beginning of the universe. Following this expansion, the universe became a ball of fire, and the so-called "Big Bang" occurred. The world of theoretical physics, which is often perceived as difficult, is expressed in the program with beautiful images and sounds. By converting the frequency of "waves," which are normally inaudible to the human ear, to the audible range, we have reproduced the "waves" that abound in our world as imaginary sounds. Although set in a fantasy world, this science program is based on solid scientific research.There is also a starry sky commentary.

Universe through Telescopes -400 years of astronomical innovation and evolution

An original program from Minato Science Museum! The era of astronomical observation through telescopes began in 1609. The first telescope ever pointed at the night sky revealed a world that no one had ever seen before.Since then, the progress of astronomy has been accompanied by the development of telescopes, which have allowed us to observe the universe at greater distances and get closer to what the universe was like when it was first born. How has the telescope expanded the horizon of the universe as we know it?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.


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”