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Muji's gigantic flagship store near Yurakucho station has been recreated as a specialty bookstore. It still houses the usual retail departments, selling simply designed furnishings, housewares, clothing, stationery and even food, but now undulating walls of bookshelves snake through the retail space, showcasing books related to the goods on display. [Show more]
Cartoon bears are of course an important part of daily life in Japan, and the most ubiquitous of these is probably Brown, the salmon-loving mascot of LINE, Japan's (and Asia's) most popular instant-messaging service, with 700 million users worldwide. Brown the bear, Cony the rabbit and their other animated friends are the stars of this popular Harajuku character goods shop, located next to Takeshita-dori and spread out over two levels. [Show more]
Stamp collectors and stamp enthusiasts will be excited to explore the centerpiece of this specialty museum - an impressively huge collection of more than 330,000 postage stamps from around the world, carefully arranged in hundreds of vertical display drawers by country and continent. [Show more]
Run by cigarette conglomerate Japan Tobacco, this oddly specialized museum focuses on the history of tobacco use around the world and the history of the Japanese salt industry. Graphic design historians can draw inspiration from a huge wall display showing the evolution of Japanese tobacco advertising over the past century and a half, as well as scrapbooks filled with hundreds of cigarette packages from around the world. [Show more]
Predating the era of cat and rabbit cafes by many years, petting zoos offer a friendly, interactive animal experience for young kids (and their parents) without the cover charge or the expensive cafe au lait. [Show more]
By far the noisiest museum we've been to in Tokyo, Asakusa's Drum Museum is also one of the most interactive. Hundreds of percussion instruments of all shapes and sizes are on display here, many of them waiting to be banged on by visitors - just look for the color-coded musical-note icons next to each exhibit. [Show more]
In the early twentieth century Japan exported huge numbers of tin-plate toys to countries around the world, and this charming little musuem traces that history, displaying some 3,000 antique toys made between the 1890s and the 1960s. Shelf after shelf is filled with miniature antique firetrucks and streetcars, zeppelins and submarines, rockets and robots, drum-beating bears and cymbal-smashing bunnies. [Show more]
Officially known as the Japan Newspaper Museum, this beautifully designed modern facility is both entertaining and informative. Three floors of exhibits cover the history of the newspaper industry in Japan as well as the nuts and bolts of print production. [Show more]