With Totoro greeting you at the entrance, step inside this colorful and whimsical museum and learn all about Studio Ghibli animations. Stroll through the beautiful exhibits and discover how animated films are created. After learning about the movie process, you can catch the screening of short museum-exclusive films. Kids will love playing on the plush Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro and later, you can visit the rooftop garden to see the seven-meter (23 feet) tall statue of Robot Soldier from Laputa Castle in the Sky. Pay a visit to the Ghibli Museum to learn more about an iconic animation studio.
What ramen do you prefer? Not a question most Westerners are usually posed, because all we really know is the cheap stuff we ate as starving students. Well, in Japan it's a whole different story, one the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum wants to help you both discover and enjoy. Across three floors, you can taste at least nine different versions of one of Japan's staple foods, from traditional to more modern recipes. What's the difference, who knows, but it'll sure be fun finding out. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a great place to learn something about Japan while filling your gut. Don't be shy; their raison'd'etre is to feed and educate you, so skip breakfast and head on down to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.
Just behind the World Porters shopping center is a large brick building with glass windows along the top. This is the Cup Noodles Museum, a museum dedicated entirely to the history of instant noodles as invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. The spacious interior begins with a display of noodle packaging and the Momofuku story, including a re-creation of his workshed. A series of interactive displays under will keep the children amused. On the next floor is a cup noodle factory and chicken ramen factory, both of which require an extra fee to enter. On the next floor is a play area and food court serving ramen noodles from around the world. There is a brochure in English, and the titles of exhibits are in English. The museum is very popular on weekends. -AH
Featuring battling robots in bikinis, over-the-top decorations, crazy costumes, and colorful lights and lasers everywhere you look, Robot Restaurant is an experience you'll never forget. Dinner itself is a simple bento box, but the nightly shows are what draw crowds. Decorated with dazzling neon lights and manned by costumed women, the parades and dances are bound to leave you awestruck. Right from the bathrooms to the dance floor, everything is unique and reflects the eccentricity of Tokyo. There's never a dull moment at the Robot Restaurant, so come by and enjoy the show.
DMM VR Theater exemplifies hyper-realism and thrills your senses. Uniting the trifecta of LED, 3DCG animation and holographic projection, an illusion, that the characters are real and are performing on the stage, is created, when only the photo-images are being projected on the screen. It is a one-of-its-kind experience, and you're bowled over by the incredible phenomenon of the projections along with the terrific surround sound (sound system far more grander than the one in ordinary theaters). A show at the DMM VR Theater should not be missed for the world!
A drainage system has never looked this good! Completed in 2009, the G-Cans project, or the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel contains five humongous hydro-storage cylinders towering 213 feet (65 meters). Taking over 11 years to complete, the project is now a free tourist attraction. Having featured in quite some Television programs and movies, the site is very popular.
Also renowned as The Giant Ghibli Clock, the NI-Tele Really BIG Clock is credited to beloved animation director Hayao Miyazaki who also co-founded the world-renowned Studio Ghibli. Created using copper and steel, the clock rises up to three stories. Stylistically similar to the popular film 'Howl’s Moving Castle', the numerous figurines that surround the giant clock spring into action multiple times in a day. Thanks to this unique feature, the "NI-Tele Really BIG Clock" has struck a chord with ardent Ghibli fans.
Japanese culture is well-known for its off-the-beaten-approach to music, literature and art - two story gallery Parabolica-bis does nothing to challenge this assumption. Rather, it champions the weird and wonderful, with towering installations that cast ominous shadows on the walls; distorted nursery rhyme characters - it's all here and its guaranteed to fascinate. The building is a little hard to find but once you do, it's unmistakable - keep a look out for the specially designed round windows.
Coming up the escalator from the Top Hat exit of Roppongi station you are faced with a giant spider sculpture known as Maman. It is one of a series created by Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist and sculptor who died in 2010. Others exist at the Tate Modern in London, Kansas City, Ottawa, Bilbao, St. Petersberg, Seoul and Doha. Louise Bourgeois was known to say, "The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver." The Maman sculpture outside Mori Tower is often used as a distinctive meeting place. -AH
Located on the 4th floor of DECKS Tokyo Beach, the Tokyo Trick Art Museum lures you in with funky displays and entrancing 3D artworks. There are many interesting paintings. These paintings will trick your sense of sight; it seems like you are climbing into them. Taking pictures is a good way to share that feeling with your friends and family. This museum also has a goods store, where you can buy many strange and funny items.