Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation – Your Guide
Miraikan, or The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, is a nose dive into the science and technology of tomorrow. Find out everything you need to know before you arrive, with us.
Miraikan, or the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, to give it its full title, is your chance to peek into the Japan of the future. This is where Japan’s reputation as a technologically advanced nation takes full form, an impressive showcase of cutting-edge science and technology. Dry, boring science this is not, the museum going to great lengths to ensure it is a museum for all, complete with a host of interactive and immersive displays and exhibitions.
Read on for a full guide to the museum, including everything you’ll find inside, the facilities on offer, plus info on how to get there and what you can find nearby.
Access and Museum Info
Find below all the vital info on Miraikan and how to get there via car, train and the bay shuttle.
10:00 – 17:00
¥ 210 – 620
Coming off the Metropolitan Expressway, Miraikan is accessed off the Daiba Ramp Exit on Route 11 or from the Rinkai-Fukutoshin Ramp Exit on the Bay Shore route.
Located on Odaiba island, a little out from the city’s commercial centre, Miraikan remains pretty easy to reach by train.
Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line is the closest station to the museum at just a seven-minute walk away. Riding the fully-automated and elevated Yurikamome is perhaps an apt way to star your day out at Miraikan.
A free shuttle bus to the museum is available to those in the Odaiba area.
Information regarding the bus shuttle can be found on this website.
Once you step foot inside the museum, say goodbye to boredom. Here’s a rundown of the museum’s attractions in full.
1. Mission Survival: 10 Billion
Natural and manmade disaster have devastated Japan in the past. Earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and nuclear explosions alike inflicting untold devastation. Miraikan’s ‘Mission Survival: 10 Billion’ attempts to unpick the difficulties faced by Japan and the world, assess the danger and offer some answers for the future. An enthralling and prescient exhibition.
2. Backwards From the Future
An interactive game that challenges visitors to indulge a thought experiment and picture the ideal world of the future. From this ideal future, we are encouraged to think backwards about what we need to do today to change tomorrow. From small lifestyle choices to planet-wide cooperation, how do we ensure the safety of the next generations?
3. The Man from the 9 Dimensions
Screened in Dome Theater, Miraikan’s in-house cinema, The Man from the 9 Dimensions is a 30-minute long film; part theoretical physics lesson, part thriller. As a group of scientists chase down the eponymous nine-dimensional man to unlock the secrets of the universe, all manner of mysterious events take place.
4. Nobel Q
Nobel laureates from all over the world have visited Miraikan over the years, and each time, they have been asked to leave questions for visitors to ponder. This exhibition invites us to enter the Nobel Q Lab to take some time to mull over questions posed by figures such as Barack Obama and Takaaki Kajita. You’ll be surprised at what you come up with.
5. Geo-Cosmos Screening
Ever wanted to look down on the earth from space? This is perhaps as close as you’ll get. The giant globe hanging from Miraikan’s ceiling projects the planet as it really appears into countless LED screens using daily images from an orbiting weather satellite. Displays are designed to explain various planetary phenomenon and demonstrate the effects of human activity and movement.
6. Curiosity Field
Do we ever stop being curious? If visiting with a child, this is your chance to find out. Children and guardians enter the ‘Curiosity Field’ to explore new ways of thinking using fun and interactive games. A great way to encourage your child to start asking the big questions about the universe.
7. ASIMO Demonstration
Your chance to meet a robotic celebrity, ASIMO. Developed by Honda, ASIMO is an advanced robot able to imitate and interact with human beings. A lot of fun and fascinating both.
8. Science Workshop
Held mostly on weekends, Miraikan’s science workshops are designed to enhance participants’ understanding of various topics and issues through discussion and experimentation. Conducted by leading scientists and open to all, this is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge and indulge your curiosity.
More than just a museum, take some time to check out everything else Miraikan has to offer.
1. Museum Shop
Stop by Miraikan’s museum shop to browse the merchandise and pick up some mementoes. Everything is predictably science and technology related, from useful little gadgets to plush ASIMO toys.
10:00 – 18:00
2. Restaurant & Cafe
With a cafe on the fifth floor and a self-service restaurant on the seventh, if your energy is sapped by all the learning, you’re well catered to.
10:00 – 17:00
6th and 7th floors
3. UNI-CAB Station
The UNI-CUB is a compact electric scooter created by Honda. Visit the UNI-CUB Station for your chance to ride one. A novel and fun experience.
10:00 – 16:10
1st floor of museum
As said, Miraikan is a little way from central hubs like Shinjuku and Shibuya, yet, its Odaiba location means there’s still plenty to see and do nearby. Check out our recommendations below or our full Odaiba guide:
1. Rainbow Bridge
One of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba to Tokyo proper. The impressively long suspension bridge becomes particularly dazzling at night when it is lit up in a brilliant show of colour. Anywhere along Odaiba’s shoreline makes for a great vantage point.
2. Palette Town
Want to get some shopping done? Palette Town should be your number one choice. A huge complex of stores, restaurants and amuseuments, there’s enough here to keep you entertained for a long while.
11:00 – 23:00
3. Museum of Maritime Science
You’ll certainly know when you’ve arrived at the Museum of Maritime Science. Shaped like a giant ocean liner, the building is a marvel. The museum is a treasure chest of maritime history and is a lot of fun for the whole family. If Miraikan gets your museum juices flowing, head down here afterwards for round two.
10:00 – 17:00
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