The summer vacation season brings an increase in outings with children. While it is great to go out and have fun, it would be great for parents to give their children something to learn while sightseeing. With the theme of "free research" in mind, we have gathered together a list of spots in Minato City that we think will interest kids in cutting-edge technology, science, history, art, and more.
TEPIA Advanced Technology Pavilion The surprises never cease to amaze with the many innovations that remind us of the near future!
Located along Stadium Street in Kita-Aoyama, TEPIA Advanced Technology Pavilion is an exhibition facility for children to learn about social issues that need to be solved in order to create a better future society, and to learn about cutting-edge technologies that will help solve these issues through hands-on experience.
The "CONNECT" themed facility consists of three areas: "Showcase," "Workshop Area," and "Creative Lab.
In the "Showcase" exhibit, visitors can actually experience cutting-edge technologies from Japan that are expected to play an active role in the near future in the four areas of "Life and Economy," "Society," "Earth and Life," and "New Normal Society. Visitors will be surprised by a number of technologies that will make them wonder, "How are these things made?" such as an "air display" that can be used as a non-contact touch panel, a palm-sized "body heat generator," and a "fabric speaker" that emits sound from cloth. The exhibition is full of surprises.
In the "Workshop Area," visitors can experience programming using a sphere-shaped robot and a tablet. Using an app for children, visitors can program the robot's direction of movement, time of movement, and reaction when it bumps into walls, etc., just like a puzzle.
In the "Creative Lab," visitors can see actual 3D printers and laser cutting machines, which are indispensable for future manufacturing, as well as the products they produce. For a more detailed look at the museum, please watch the hands-on video above!
Weather Science Museum Learn about disaster prevention and the work of forecasters through a number of hands-on experiences.
The Weather Science Museum in Toranomon is a hands-on exhibition facility located in the main office of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Visitors can learn about Japan's weather while also learning about disaster prevention and disaster mitigation.
There are 15 sections in the museum where visitors are welcomed by "Hareru-n," the mascot character of the Japan Meteorological Agency and the director of the Japan Meteorological Science Museum. Among them, the "Mini AMeDAS - Toranomon Roppo" exhibits equipment used in actual weather observation, such as an anemometer and a rain gauge.
There is also a section where visitors can learn in an easy-to-understand manner how nature causes disasters, such as the "Uzusuke," which generates small vortices to show how typhoons and tornadoes are generated up close, and the "Tsunami Simulator," which simulates a tsunami in a glass case.
On the other hand, in "Weather Mission - You are a New Forecaster", you can take on quizzes and missions as if you were in the operation room of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
In the "Uzumaki Theater," the work of the Japan Meteorological Agency and the mechanisms of weather are introduced through 360-degree images. Through a variety of exhibits, visitors can learn the basics of weather and weather-related disasters, which they usually hear about in weather forecasts but may not be aware of in detail.
(DATA) Japan Meteorological Agency Weather Science Museum Location: 3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo Hours: 9:00 - 20:00 Closed: 2nd Monday of each month, Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 - January 3) *Other temporary closing days may apply. Admission: Free
Suntory Museum of Art: Full of programs for children to become familiar with art
The Suntory Museum of Art, located on the third floor of Galleria in Tokyo Midtown, focuses on programs for children.
The museum has a collection of approximately 3,000 pieces of Japanese antiques and glass from the East and West, based on the basic philosophy of "beauty in daily life. The museum distributes "Wakuwaku Waku Kutto," a booklet that makes it easy for children to understand and appreciate the exhibitions that are held around these artworks.
The sheets in cute envelopes are designed to make learning about art fun while answering the questions in the missions. The "difficulty" level is set at two to three, so students can easily understand the characteristics and techniques of artworks while choosing tasks appropriate for their age.
Another family-friendly point is that admission is free for junior high school students and younger.
Minato Science Museum Learn about science around you and even enjoy the planetarium
The Minato Science Museum in Toranomon is a facility where visitors can enjoy learning about science in Minato City and other cities through hands-on games using the latest technology, etc. The permanent exhibits on the first floor explain the mysteries of science in an easy-to-understand way for children under four themes: "Nature," "Town," "Ocean," and "Me. The second floor features the latest equipment.
On the second floor, there is a planetarium with the latest equipment. Visitors can listen to detailed explanations of seasonal constellations and seasonal topics related to the starry sky.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum: A Close Look at Art Deco Architecture of the Early Showa Period
Minato City is home to many historical and romantic places, as numerous daimyo's residences were located here during the Edo period. Among them, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Shirokanedai is an art museum with historical architecture that was renovated from the former Asakamiya Palace, a former imperial family residence. Completed in 1933, the building was designed in the French Art Deco style in which the then pitcher, King Hatohiko, once lived.
The building, which is sprinkled with Japanese traditions in places, has a unique presence. The beautiful architecture and exhibits are sure to refine children's sensibilities.
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa Observe precious creatures from around the world
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is located just a short walk from the Takanawa Exit of JR Shinagawa Station, one of the entrances to Minato Ward. Here, 20,000 living creatures of about 350 species are on display.
Romantic exhibits with state-of-the-art technology are the main attraction of this facility. Visitors can not only enjoy the exhibits with their eyes, but also learn about the diversity of marine life and other organisms through observation of a wide variety of creatures.
Learn the connection between geography and history in the hilly city of Minato Ward
In fact, Tokyo's Minato Ward is a "city of slopes," with more than 100 hills, mainly in the Akasaka and Azabu districts. Wooden guide signs have been erected at nearly 70 of these locations. What is interesting is that many of the slopes have remained since before the Edo period, and their history is the origin of the names of the slopes.
In addition, the Minato City Tourism Association is currently holding the "Slope Frontage Fuda Quiz Rally in Minato City" until August 31, 2022. They have some gifts to give away, so be sure to enter!
Minato Eco-Plaza Easy to understand eco-friendly initiatives that are also in line with the ideas of the SDGs
Located about a 4-minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR line or Daimon Station on the Toei Subway Line, Minato Eco Plaza is an environmental learning facility that offers a variety of exhibitions and lectures on four themes: decarbonized society, nature-friendly society, recycling-oriented society, and the SDGs.
The warmth of the wood inside the museum is created from thinned wood from the Minato Kumin no Mori forest, which is managed by Minato City on loan from Akiruno City, Tokyo. Other eco-friendly features include a crafts nest made from reused chairs from a closed elementary school and a biotope that is managed by children from the neighborhood.
Broadcasting, logistics, marine biology, specific areas of the museum to increase your knowledge!
The Marine Science Museum is located on the Shinagawa campus of Tokyo University of Fisheries, the NHK Museum of Broadcasting stands at the top of Mt. Atago, and the Logistics Museum is located in Takanawa. The three museums in Minato City, operated by universities and broadcasting stations, offer many points of interest for visitors to learn.
For example, the NHK Museum of Broadcasting introduces the history of broadcasting in Japan, from the beginning of radio broadcasting to the latest technology today, using a variety of actual broadcasting equipment. In addition to viewing, visitors can experience 8K Super Hi-Vision images on a large screen and experience a broadcast studio where they can feel like an anchor on a realistic set.