Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Miraikan In Odaiba, Tokyo - A Day Of Japanese Cutting-Edge Technology
Written by Norihiro Yoshida
Miraikan, located in the Odaiba area of Tokyo, is a science museum featuring cutting-edge Japanese technology. We cover the highlights of this facility, from meeting robots and androids, to riding futuristic vehicles. This is a must-visit spot you in Odai
Discover Cutting-Edge Technology at Miraikan
Tokyo's Odaiba area is famous for the beautiful scenery of Tokyo Bay, along with large shopping malls. It is one one of the most popular amusement spots in the city.
Miraikan, also known as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, is a science museum located in Odaiba. It exhibits advanced technologies which have become part of our everyday life, inviting visitors to learn about Japanese innovation and technology.
The Geo-Cosmos - The Symbol of Miraikan
Geo-Cosmos, located in the atrium rising from the first to the sixth floor, is what first captures the visitors' attention here. Created from organic panels in the shape of a sphere, Geo-Cosmos is a model of the Earth, and is the first of its kind in the world. With a resolution exceeding ten million pixels, the Geo-Cosmos displays various data including land cover and ozone density. The data is updated daily, allowing the visitors to observe the current state of the Earth from all different aspects.
Meet ASIMO, the Running and Dancing Humanoid Robot
At Miraikan you will encounter the moving ASIMO, a two-legged robot developed and manufactured by the Japanese motor company Honda. For ASIMO, walking and running is an easy task.
It has also mastered sign language and dancing. The charming ASIMO moves just like we do, showing us just how far science technology has developed.
Head to the Future by Riding Honda's UNI-CUB
A music video produced by the American musician group OK Go made Honda's UNI-CUB famous all over the world. You too can take it for test ride at Miraikan.
UNI-CUB is an electric personal mobility device which runs on one wheel. It is truly a vehicle of the future, and the speed can be adjusted by the shifting the driver's weight. Miraikan allows you to not only view the state-of-the-art technology, but also experience it firsthand.
*Reservations must be made in advance for the UNI-CUB as well as an additional fee of 700 yen to ride.
Not Human but Not a Quite a Robot? Encounter an Android
Androids like the Otonaroid® and the Kodomoroid® are exhibited at the Miraikan. While ASIMO moves around animatedly, these androids delicately replicate subtle movements and facial expressions of human beings.
We suggest attending the workshop where you can try to control the Otonaroid®. This also might be a good opportunity to contemplate the difference between humans and robots.
Rest Your Feet at a Unique Cafe
Miraikan Cafe, a cafe located on the fifth floor, is a great place to take a break. Here you can refuel with unique science-themed dishes and snacks, such as the "Meteor Ice Cream" and the "Earth Soda".
Find One-of-a-Kind Souvenirs at the Museum Shop
You can buy ASIMO items at the museum shop on the first floor. There are also items and space foods created by JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and euglena cookies made with algae-like ingredients. This is certainly the place to visit if you're looking for a special souvenir.
Feel the Impact of 3D Images at Dome Theater GAIA
Dome Theater GAIA, located on the sixth floor, is a sphere-shaped theater. Guests can enjoy a variety of programs, including a 3D planetarium presentation.
* Reservations are required in advance for the dome theater.
Exciting Experiences Await You at Miraikan!
This is the official promotional video of Miraikan.
At Miraikan in Odaiba, there are many permanent exhibitions as well as special exhibitions that explore the future, universe, life. You may think that science museums are places for children, but this facility is entertaining for both children and adults.
Miraikan is also a unique place where you can peek into the future. If you are in Tokyo, definitely take a visit to Miraikan to see what our future holds in terms of new technologies.