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The Miraikan: Japan's National Museum of
Emerging Science and Innovation


The Miraikan also houses the world's most advanced planetarium, and a full-scale model of the world's deepest-diving manned submarine

The planetarium is called ‘Megastar II Cosmos,' and it features fascinating views of a night sky containing more than 5 million stars. The submarine is a model of the famed Shinkai 6500 deep sea manned research submersible, which gives visitors the thrill of riding in the cockpit while experiencing an underwater cruise by video. And, of course, in addition to these permanent displays there are always special exhibits at the museum based on timely themes – such as how science can help solve the problem of feeding the world. All in all, the Miraikan is a very exciting, informative place. It provides such an unforgettable experience that since it opened in 2001 it has attracted more than 6 million visitors. If you're ever in Tokyo, don't miss it! (Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. Admission: Adults [over 18 years]: ¥600 / Young people [up to 18 years]: ¥200)


MEGASTAR-II Cosmos is listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's most advanced planetarium.

Shinkai 6500

A full-scale model of the Shinkai 6500, the world's deepest-diving manned research submersible. A video presentation during an underwater cruise experience shows visitors traces of movements of the earth's crust and hydrothermal vents on the sea floor.

It's a Tasty World

The special exhibit being held until March 22, 2010 is: ‘It's a Tasty World' - Food Science, Now!' Visitors to this exhibit are encouraged to consider how science and technology can contribute to solving various food-related problems.

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