In museums, you can see the precious results of research and cutting-edge technology up close and in person. On the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo, there are many popular museums representative of Japan. Here we introduce two of the most highly recommended ones!
Feel like a real pilot at this museum with lots of airplanes and helicopters on display!
The Museum of Aeronautical Sciences is the first aviation museum in Japan, just a 10-minute drive from Narita Airport. In addition to the many reproductions of airplanes and helicopters, it displays the passenger cabin of jet planes, a recreation of Narita Airport, and other items related to aviation.
A prototype of the Boeing 747-400 stands enshrined in the exhibit space. You can even try flying it yourself in a flight simulator. There is also an observation space with a great view of Narita Airport, so you can take your time watching actual planes land and take off while listening to explanations of them.
15 planes, including Cessna aircraft, are displayed in the outdoor exhibit area. Some of them even have the cockpit open to visitors. Come see airplanes actually flying nearby and feel like a real pilot!
Address: 111-3 Iwayama, Shibayama-machi, Sanbu-gun, Chiba-ken 〒289-1608
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Japan’s finest science museum with a ton of interactive exhibits!
The National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, located in Ueno Park just a short walk from the park gate of Ueno Station, has many great exhibits related to the nature, wildlife, science, and technology of Japan.
Inside the museum, there are fossils from dinosaurs and other animals excavated in Japan, specimens of various flora and fauna, spots where you can learn about Japanese science and technology, and attractions for children that will encourage their interest in science.
There are also many exhibits that put an emphasis on interactive experiences, where you can not only see items on display, but also experience the magnetic field of the earth by touching experimental equipment and learn about the propagation of seismic waves or ocean waves.
An hour or two will not be enough to see everything. If possible, you should spend half a day or a whole day in the museum. This is a great spot to deepen your understanding of science in Japan.
Address: 7-20 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 〒110-8718
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM