Visiting Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

We love to visit museum every time we travel with our Kiddos. When I was making our itinerary to visit Tokyo, two museums came across our plan: 1) Miraikan:The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and 2) The National Museum of Nature and Science. The later has a huge dinosaurus, perfect if your kids love the dino.

Unfortunately museums in Japan are closed from 28 December until beginning of January for the New Years holiday. So we had only one day on 26 December to visit museum in Tokyo. And we had to choose which one to visit between the above mentioned museums.

I let both of our Kiddos choose which museum to visit. And they finally choose Miraikan, as they saw on Miraikan's website that we could see Asimo's performance. Yeay, finally we are going to meet Asimo, the robot from Honda :)

Our Kiddos#1 happy face, just to see Asimo's picture!

How To Go To Miraikan 

Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is located at Odaiba, just few minutes walking distance from the famous Gundam statue. The closest train station is Telecom Center.

From Tokyo:
1. Go to Shimbashi Station.
2. Exit the station and walk to Yurikamome line.
3. Purchase the train ticket. Please see this link for the fares.
4. Take the train to Telecom Center Station.

The view from the train: Odaiba's Rainbow Bridge

After you reach Telecom Center Station, walk to the sign heading to Miraikan. And within 5 minutes, you will reach the entrance and the ticket booth to Miraikan.

Welcome to Miraikan
Purchase your ticket here

How Much Is The Admission Fee?

As we got complimentary tickets for the whole family from Miraikan to visit their permanent exhibitions, we went directly inside and went to the 3rd floor. We were required to take our tickets at the Information Counter.

Upon arrival: we were impressed by this building 
The Information Counter of Miraikan (on Level 3)

The ticket is JPY620 for adults and JPY210 for children. If you visit Miraikan on Saturday, the tickets for children under 18 are free. Please refer to this link for information about the tickets and discounts for groups.

Meet The Android Robots!

We started exploring Miraikan from the 3rd level, there was a ticket checking when we entered the exhibition room.

To the left from the entrance, we found a beautiful Japanese lady sitting on a sofa, watching Miraikan's visitors. She is an Otonaroid, a teleoperated android robot. She could blink, breath, and I could see the change of her facial expression. She looks so real!

Hello lovely lady :)

Another android robot we found was the Telenoid, a teleoperated android robot with a minimal design. Telenoid is made as an attempt to embody the minimum physical requirements for humanlike communication.

Would you like to sit beside the Telenoid?

Feel The Earth Geo Cosmos: Tsunagari

When I was searching about Miraikan, frankly speaking "the WOW factor" beside Asimo Robot, was this globe made from LED. It is said to be the first "Globe-like display" in the world using organic LED panels.

The Tsunagari is the symbol of exhibit of Miraikan

This globe was created from Miraikan's Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mohri, whose desire "to share with people how earth looks like from the space". So I posted some pictures of the globe from different angles, to show you how the earth may look like from the space.

A really impressive work

You can see the globe very close from the bridge

Isn't it amazing?

A family picture with this globe at the moment is the profile picture for our twitter and instagram @tesyasblog. We hope that our family could visit many places as we had seen in the globe.

The Drive Force Of Innovation

Beside the Tsunagari, on level three we also enjoyed some futuristic exhibition. In this area, we were taught that "wishes" can come true if we have "creativity". This pet robot was one of our Kiddos#1 wish.

He had just lost his cat named Maxy before we went to Japan. So when he saw this pet robot, he was really interested and even said, "If we have this pet robot, it will never die like Maxy!"

"Can we have this, Bundu?" our Kiddos asked me

Explore The Frontiers on 5th Floor

After exploring the 3d floor, we went to the 5h floor through the hanging bridge. On the 5th floor, we learned the construction of the world around us. I will not  post everything we saw on this floor, but I will share with you some of our favourite things.

- International Space Station

The first object we saw was a space tunnel, which was the International Space Station (ISS). Inside we learned how it feels to live inside an ISS.

Would you like to live inside an ISS?

- Cells in Progress

This section is the most crowded one, with a long queue to enter the exhibition area. Visitors are taught about a wide range of ongoing studies about cells engineering technology.

The queue in front of the Cells in Progress

- Promoting The Medicine Together

With the advanced of medical imaging devices, the technology to to look deep inside the body has increased significantly. And the technology is not only being used for humans, but also for a hamster.

One of the technique used to visualize an object, in this case: a hamster

There were still many things we saw on the 5th floor, you have to visit this museum by yourself.

It's Time To Enjoy Asimo's Demonstration

The show is conducted 4 times daily, we were lucky that we could see Asimo's demonstration at Miraikan at 4 pm (it was the last show). We were ready by the venue 30 minutes before the show, to sit on the best spot to see Asimo.

Getting ready for the show

Asimo exit from its house on time, and everyone really enjoyed how this robot could run, dance and sing. I posted a video how Asimo sing on IG @tesyasblog. Please have a look using hashtag #JPFamTrip.

Watching the dancing Asimo

A Ride With A Uni Cub

This museum really impress us with its building, the interactive exhibition, and also when we saw people riding "Uni Cub" around the museum. Too bad the counter was already closed when we wanted to buy a ticket for a quick ride.

You have to try riding a Uni-Cub

We saw a group of people using the Uni Cub entering the first floor.

How I wish that we could follow this group:D

Next to the Uni Cub, we found a place to take some rest while watching the video. So we stopped for a while to recover our energy.

Kiddos were enjoying the video

Watching Sunset From Miraikan

It was time to leave Miraikan, but of course we would not miss the opportunity to see the sunset from Miraikan's rooftop area.

We didn't buy anything from Miraikan Kitchen, however we were allowed to went outside Miraikan Kitchen and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

The highest floor belongs to Miraikan Kitchen

The sunset seen from the rooftop

Odaiba at sunset

Is There Any Playground For Toddlers at The Museum?

Yup, there is a playground on the 3rd level, near the Information Center.

The location of the playground

The kids were having so much fun at the playground

The reason to visit Odaiba is not only the Gundam statue, you have to consider visiting this super amazing museum if you plan visiting Odaiba with kids. If you think visiting Tokyo Disneyland is a must, I would say the same for Miraikan.

This is a place where you and the kids will learn lots of things in a fun way. Yes, Miraikan is a FUNTASTIC place to visit.

We got complimentary tickets from Miraikan to visit this museum, however the opinions written here are based on our own experience.

written on December 28, 2016 by @tesyasblog

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  1. Wowww such happy family travel ya mba...
    Free pulaaak.
    Anak2 mesti seneng bgt.
    Msh2n bs dpt rezeki kyk gini juga.

    1. Hai Mba, thank you udah mampir.
      Iya anak-anak happy banget terutama pas nonton Asimo.
      Aamiin, mudah2an Mba juga bisa berkunjung kesini ya.

  2. I can feel the excitement when Bundo & Fam visited the museum😁 Kereen yah! I also feel the excitement when you share to the us, your readers...thanks for sharing Bu Tes...keep travelling..

    1. Yes Mar, this museun is really worth a visit.
      Nanti bawa Nolan kesini ya Mar.

  3. *share to us maksudnya... Hehehe...#sok komen pake bahasa inggris jd belepotan=p

  4. Wow, that 'lovely lady' looks so real! Jadi ngeri ya, kalo beneran ada mahluk Android ini xixixi

    1. Hahaha iya Mba, so real dan kece ya!:D

  5. The museum is awesome.
    Japan is always awesome.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Lucky you!
    I hope I can be that lucky, too.

    1. Yes this museum is super awesome.
      I hope that someday you can also visit this museum ya Mba.

  6. wow, it's cool museum .. must go there, someday

    1. Yes, you should put this museum in your Japan's itinerary.

  7. Kiddos love to explore museum, that's really awesome! Btw, share some tips to get complimentary tickets please.. Thanks :)

    1. Hai Mba, I just send email to the places we would like to visit, oddering them to be featured in my blogs. Just try it Mba :)

  8. jadi kangen banget ke jepang sayang foto foto saya ilang krn rumah kebanjiran ;(

    1. Waaah, sayang banget Mba.
      Semoga nanti bisa kembali lagi sama baby nya ya.

  9. Wow! This must be one big museum!

    I think I saw a news before about the android robots, and you already met her in person haha! :-D

    1. Yes Om Timo, this one is huge and really sophisticated.
      She is gorgeous, isn't she?:D

  10. disneyland justru ga ada dalam itin ku ke jepang nanti mba :D.. ga tertarik samasekali.. ga ada wahana extreme juga toh di sana ;p.. Mndingan museum lah.. dan museum ini bkin speechless deh.. kerennya udh kebangetan.. pas anakku aku ksh tunjuk ini, dan dia liat Asimo, reaksinya cuma 1, "Mammyyyyy, aku mw liat Asimooo" hahahaha.. jd nambah 1 kayaknya list tempat di itin.

    1. Hahahah thank you for showing this post to your kids!
      Pasti akan enjoy banget di Miraikan, Fan! I wish I had more time here.

    2. hahahah kak Fanny yang dicari pasti wahana extreme, di Disneyland ga ada :p
      eh ada taman bermain yang ada wahana extremenya kan *tapi lupaa namanya*

    3. Fuji Q Land itu buka sih maksudnya? Atau kalau mau ke Yokohama untuk naik roller coaster Fan!

  11. astagaaa astagaaaaa
    kalo aku yang masuk museum iniii, bisa sehariaan full ga pulang-pulang kak hahahaha

    1. Iyaaaa Mei, keren banget deh. Lebih keren dari Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), padahal so far ANMM itu museum terkeren menurutku hehe..

  12. jepang emang canggih ya kak, robot aja ada androidnya

    1. Iya Winny, bener-bener mirip lagi ya..