5 unusual museums Tokyo

Suginami Animation Museum

AT: SUGINAMI KAIKAN, 3RD FL.
3-29-5 Kamiogi
Suginami-ku
+81 (0)3-3396-1510
sam.or.jp

A museum for die-hard anime fans where they can learn more about anime history and enjoy old anime movies. The permanent exhibition includes recreations of the works of well-known animators. The museum also hosts anime workshops for kids where they can create their own. Check out the autographs of the many manga artists and voice actors near the entrance to the third floor.

Tokyo Some-Mono-Gatari Museum

3-6-14 Nishi-Waseda

Shinjuku-ku

+81 (0)3-3987-0701

This museum is located in Tomita Senkogei, a kimono workshop. They have been dyeing textile here since the Meiji period. The exhibits feature tools used for dyeing. The museum also organises workshops where you can learn to make Edo Komon, or stencil patterns.

Paper Museum

AT: ASUKAYAMA PARK

1-1-3 Oji Kita-ku

+81 (0)3-3916-2320

papermuseum.jp

This museum, which opened in 1950, collects and exhibits documents on Japanese handmade washi paper and paper that was made overseas. Learn more about papermaking, paper recycling, and the history of washi and other handmade papers. The garden is just as instructive as it is full of plants that are used for papermaking.

Printing Museum

1-3-3 Suido Bunkyo-ku 

+81 (0)3-5840-2300

printing-museum.org

One of the largest printing companies in Japan, called Toppan Printing, founded this museum in 2000 to commemorate its centenary. It is dedicated to the history and techniques of printing and also hosts temporary exhibitions of beautiful books and posters.

Meguro Parasito-Logical Museum

4-1-1 Shimo-Meguro

Meguro-ku

+81 (0)3-3716-1264

kiseichu.org

Biologist Satoru Kamegai created this museum, which hosts exhibitions about parasitic insects and conducts research on them. Unless you are an expert in this field, every display has new surprises in store for you. A rather unique museum.

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