Translated by Kayoko Windle
Postal Museum Japan - See 330.000 Kinds Of Stamps At Tokyo SkyTree!
Written by かえで あやか
The Postal Museum Japan, located within the Tokyo SkyTree Town, is where you can learn the history of the Japanese postal service. Here you can enjoy great displays but also experience-based, interactive content, fun games and more!
The Postal Museum Japan is where you can learn the history of the Japanese postal service. It is located in Tokyo Skytree Town, a popular sightseeing and shopping facility always busy with visitors, but you can enjoy the museum in a relaxed way even on weekends. They have experience-based content with digital technology too. Let's check it out today.
The museum is on the ninth floor of Tokyo Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town. It is located in the east area, the Oshiage Station side, just in case you get lost.
You can get to the floor with occupied by the Postal Museum Japan by transferring by either escalator or elevator. Please take the escalator from Solamachi East Yard No. 12 or the elevator to the 8th floor, changing there to the exclusive elevator for the 8th-10th floor, and get off on the 9th floor.
Admission tickets are available via the machines at the entrance. The fee is 300 yen for an adult and 150 yen for an elementary school to high school student. The machine offers options in English, Chinese, and Korean.
The permanent exhibition zone includes the seven worlds of 'Beginning', 'Postal Mail', 'Letters', 'Postage Stamps', 'Postal Savings', 'Postal Insurance', and 'Culture', and there is also the message theater and the special exhibition zone all on one floor. English commentaries accompany Japanese ones.
Let's take a closer look at each world.
The World of Postal Mail
The World of Letters
The World of Postage Stamps
The world of Postage Stamps exhibits around 330 thousand kinds of stamp collections, which is the largest collection in Japan, and you can see many stamps both from Japan and abroad. There are even stamps of famous, internationally broadcast Japanese animations such as Doraemon, Sazaesan, and Detective Conan on display here.
They are full of interesting exhibitions that tell you about the postal service and postal communications.
The special exhibition zone is subject to change constantly, so please check it out on their webpage.
Enthralling Digital Content
The Postal Museum Japan has fulfilling experience-based content too. Let's look at some of their recommended content.
1. Go! Go! Postman
Go! Go! Postman is a game where you deliver mail within a time limit. You can deliver mail acting like a real postman.
You drive the bike on the screen using only your arms - you don't even need a controller. When you stretch your arms out, the bike goes forward, and when you bend your arms, it goes back. You bend your right arm to go right, and left arm to go left. The delicate controls are tricky!
There are three different courses. Our first attempt didn't clear the mission unfortunately, but it was such a fun activity that you will want to try the higher levels.
2. Picture Postcard Creator
Picture Postcard Creator is an activity where you can create your own picture postcard starring you as a postman from the Meiji era.
This is the only machine that can make your own musical picture postcard in the world. You take your face photo first, add messages and decorations of you as a postman, and choose a QR code to play music. When it is ready, you can print it out by the printer next to the machine. You can even post it from the Post Tree, a postbox that looks like the Skytree, after you buy the right stamp from the Museum Post Office nearby.
Museum Shop with Many Stamps
Old stamps are for sale at the museum shop for 30 yen each. You can use those stamps in Japan in the same way as current stamps.
They have piles of commemorative stamps including the past Olympics and events in the showcase. You will be thrilled to find your favorite ones like a treasure hunt. They even make for great souvenirs.
You can always post your letters with your favorite postcard and stamps from the Museum Post Office next to the shop.
They will stamp an original postmark on your letter when you post here. Many international visitors post letters from here too. Letters from here will make a lovely surprise for yourself, your family, and your friends.
Postal Museum Japan
Address: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1-1-2, Tokyo SKYTREE Town Solamachi 9F
Hours: 10:00-17:30 (no entry after 5:00pm)
Closed: No fixed holidays.
Credit Cards: Not available
Multilingual Menu: English
Nearest Station: a short walk from Oshiage (Skytree mae) Station on Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line/Keisei Oshiage Line/Toei Asakusa Line
Admission: Adults 300 yen/Elementary, Junior and High school students 150 yen
Official Webpage: Postal Museum Japan