Railway Museum••

Tetsudo Hakubutsukan Station, New Shuttle
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays and New Year holidays
Admission: 1330 yen
Opened in 2007 in Saitama north of Tokyo, the Railway Museum is a rail enthusiast's dream. It features a large number of full-size trains on display, train conducting simulators of actual Japan Railway lines and a large outdoor circuit with drivable mini trains.

Subway Museum

Underneath Kasai Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 220 yen
The Subway Museum is devoted to Tokyo's subways. Like the Railway Museum, but much smaller in scale, it features full-size train exhibits, train conducting simulators and model train displays.

Museum of Maritime Science

Yurikamome Funenokagakukan Station (Odaiba)
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 3
Admission: Free
This museum looks like a large cruise ship docked along the Odaiba waterfront. The main building with exhibits on the history and technology of ships and shipping is currently closed indefinitely. In the meantime, a mini museum has been set up with a portion of the museum collection on display. Outside you can board a real icebreaker ship that is permanently docked next to the museum.


Ad Museum Tokyo

5 min walk from Shimbashi Station (Shiodome)
Hours: 11:00 to 18:00
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Admission: Free
Located at the headquarters of Dentsu, Japan's largest advertiser, the Ad Museum Tokyo has a permanent exhibit on the history of advertising in Japan dating back to the Edo Period. There are also temporary exhibits which are frequently rotated.

Beer Museum Yebisu

7 minute walk from Ebisu Station
Hours: 11:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Located at Yebisu Garden Place near the Photography Museum, the Beer Museum shows the history and techniques of making beer. There is also a tasting room and a gift shop selling beer and beer related products.

Currency Museum

Short walk from Mitsukoshi-mae Subway Station
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (except national holidays), December 29 to January 4
Admission: Free
Maintained by the Bank of Japan and located across the street from the Bank of Japan's main building, the Currency Museum displays the history of money in Japan and around the world. English explanations and pamphlets are available.

Postal Museum Japan

Inside Tokyo Skytree Town
Hours: 10:00 to 17:30
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 300 yen
The Postal Museum was opened in March 2014 on the ninth floor of Solamachi East. It has a wide collection of stamps from all over the world, as well as interactive displays and exhibits showing the history of the postal services in Japan.

Tobacco and Salt Museum

10 minute walk south of Tokyo Skytree
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 100 yen
This museum introduces the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and the world. It is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT) which used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt.

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