5 Japan Unique Museums to Visit

I visited Japan for about two weeks and it is nowhere near enough. Though we made a full use of it and I wouldn’t spend it any other ways. Top of my list to do next time would be to visit the museums – something we didn’t get to do because we knew we wouldn’t have time for them over other priorities. So I collate this list for my Japan museum bucket-list. There are many museums in Japan – others more educational and artsy. The below are quite personal and unique museums that are close to my heart. I ordered them in term of how desperately I wanted to visit them:

1. Shinyokoyama Raumen Museum

This ramen museum is located close to Yokohama, about 40-50 minutes away from Tokyo. It is rather out of the way so you see why I couldn’t slot it in. But this raumen place will be my top priority in the future. As a ramen lover – this is a must visit. It is not just a museum but a food-themed amusement park – the first in the world. The interior was inspired by the gone-by era on the late 50s when the first ramen was born. Best of all? There are so many ramen shops within a place that you can taste from all over the world under one theme park. What is there not to love?

Admission Fee and Opening Hours:

One-day ticket, open every day
Adult (13 or older) 310 JPY
Child ages 6 to 12 & seniors (60over) 100 JPY

Location and Address

2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan

For more detail and information on how to get to the Museum visit their official website.

2. Studio Ghibli Museum


Coming here would be like a childhood fantasy realized. Me and my brother are HUGE fans of studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing works. His anime feature film is always amazing and magical; I’ve watched all of them I believe, numerous times. To pick a favourite is hard but Howl’s Moving Castle is probably it. Out of all the museums this one is probably the trickiest to visit. It is mostly FULLY BOOKED so planning ahead is a must. It is best to plan ahead as soon as you are planning your Japan trip.

Entry is strictly reservation only which can be done from overseas or in Japan by reserving ticket at LAWSON Convenient store all over Japan.

Admission Fee and Opening Hours:

Adult Age 19 and over    1,000 JPY
Young-Adult Age 13-18    700 JPY
Kids Age 7-12                      400 JPY
Kids Age 4-6                        100 JPY

Basic Opening Hours:10:00-18:00.

Closed : Tuesday

Their opening hours is complicated. If you want to book from over sea check out their official site.

Location and Address

Around 20 minutes away from Tokyo
1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013

For more detail and information on how to get to the Museum visit their official site.

3. Doraemon (Fujiko.F.Fujio) Museum

While I get familiar with Studio Ghibli later on in teenage years, Doraemon is a figure I grew up with. Doraemon is an iconic character that everybody with Asian background will be very familiar with. He is a robot from the future in a shape of a cat and has a half circle pocket on his belly – called the magic pocket. Within this pocket all sort of amazing futuristic/magical gadget can be withdrawn – mostly to rescue nobita – his lazy nerdy host who always get himself in trouble. The most popular items that we see time and time again out of the magic pocket are the mini helipad to stick on you head that allows you to fly, everyone’s dream gadget which is a standalone go anywhere door, and a flashlight that can make things tiny or large. The museum is located further away from the ramen museum so you can choose to visit both in a day.

Admission Fee and Opening Hours:

Entry can be purchased in Japan by reserving ticket at LAWSON – the sooner the better to avoid it being sold out on your chosen day.

Adults and University Students                      1,000 JPY
High School and Junior High School Students        700 JPY
Children (4 years or older)                                   500 JPY
Open: 10.00 – 18.00 , with specific 4 entrance time in a day; 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00.

Closed : Every Tuesday except (April 29th – May 5th) and summer holidays (July 20th – September 3rd). The Year-end and New Year Holidays (December 30th – January 3rd).

Location and Address

2-chome 8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa Prefecture, 214-0023

For more detail and information on how to get to the Museum visit their official website.

4. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Is it not obvious that I love noodles? Here is another noodle related museum in Osaka, also known as the Cup Noodles Museum. Apparently cup noodle have a long fascinating story of its own. Not to mention the countless packaging designs and a cup noodle factory – they definitely deserves a museum of its own. I can imagine myself being like a kid in a candy store here.

Admission Fee and Opening Hours:

Adults: 500 JPY
High School student and younger: Free

Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Close: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year end / new year holidays.

Location and Address:

2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001

For more detail and information on how to get to the Museum visit their official website.

5. Adachi Museum of Art

Last but not least, let’s immerse ourselves in some culture and have a break from cartoon and noodle at Adachi Museum Art. Adachi Museum is home to some of the most beautiful painting and artwork of Japan. It also house a beautiful garden that has consecutively won the title of best garden of Japan – just by this piece of information alone, I’m sold.

Admission Fee and Opening Hours:

Adults :                                       2,300 JPY
High School Students:           1,800 JPY
Junior High School Student:   500 JPY

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

Location and Address:

320, Furukawa-cho, Yasugi-city, Shimane

For more detail and information on how to get to the Museum visit their official website.

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