Kuroneko Yamato Museum
Shinagawa: Museum
Kuroneko Yamato Museum: Shinagawa
Shinagawa / Museum
Open 10am-5pm (enter by 4:30pm). Closed Mondays.
Free admission
Average visit time: 15-30 minutes

Young children who are fascinated by package-delivery services are perhaps the main audience for this rather specialized corporate facility, although professional museum designers and connoisseurs of quirky museums may also find it of interest.

Younger visitors can dress up and pose in delivery uniforms and caps, and then explore the inside of an actual delivery truck. For the more nostalgia prone, there's a showcase filled with handheld scanners and label-making gadgets used over the past 50 years, while numerous large-scale photos evoke the atmosphere of Japanese life over the decades since the company's founding in 1917.

Although all the exhibit captions are in Japanese, there is a large (14-page) English-language pamphlet available when you enter. Guided tours are also available; check the website for details.

After traversing the five levels of the museum, Yamato Kuroneko fans can visit the adjacent Swan Cafe, which offers cafe lattes decorated with delivery trucks and the company's mascot characters. The museum is busiest on weekends.

Minato-ku, Konan 2-13-26.
10 minutes from JR Shinagawa Station east exit; 15 minutes from Tennozu Isle (Tokyo monorail and Rinkai line)
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