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Published on 03.31.2016
Resembling a spaceship from the outside with an entrance as high as the fourth or the fifth floor of any building, Miraikan is a museum of science and technology located in Tokyo’s Odaiba district.
Unlike other traditional science museums, Miraikan focuses on emerging science and innovation which means that all that exhibitions inside reflect what the future is likely to bring to our lives. The museum brings the latest cutting-edge technology to visitors through engaging activities and exhibitions that don’t solely involve walking around reading information.
Miraikan is a fun place for adults and children alike. Here visitors will have a chance to see Japan’s favourite little robot, Asimo, dancing and running around which is sure to create a crowd. There will also be a chance to pet Paro which is a therapeutic robot baby seal originally designed to keep company to the elderly, and the cutest of them all- a robot puppy. In addition to these robots, visitors will also have a chance to see many other kinds of robots that most people have undoubtedly read about in the news, such as the latest robots that undoubtedly look human.
Aside from the robots, the museum introduces the visitors to other aspects of science and technology under different themes. Generally speaking, the museum is divided into three zones:
Explore the Frontiers: this is where visitors will learn about the solar system, the Earth and space. This zone aims to give a better understanding of disasters facing the earth, such as nuclear and weather-related and invites to think about how to manage them.
Discover Your Earth: this zone has used latest scientific data in illustrating how life is all connected. The most eye-popping attraction of this zone is the massive round ball representing the earth, hanging from the ceiling. Named Tsunagari (GeoCosmos) the globe is made of hundreds of organic LED screens. The information on the screen ranges from a wide ranges of topics, such as weather and world trade currents.
Create Your Own Future: this zone invites visitors to imagine a future society and see how it can be made into a reality. This is where visitors learn about revolutionary technology, such as robots. There is, also a quantum computer in this zone, which although humans are years away from achieving a practical version of, it is still bound to become the computer of the future and much faster than what is used today.
Opening times: 10:00-17:00
Closed: Tuesdays and 28/12 – 01/01 (New Year’s period)
Tickets: Adults ¥620, Children (under 18) ¥210
(There is free admission on certain days, which is best to check on the museum’s website)
Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064
Source: Japan in HD (Youtube)