3 Unique Museums in Tokyo, Japan

3 unique museums in Tokyo.
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Tokyo is full of unusual things to do and the Japanese city doesn’t disappoint when it comes to museums. Sure, you could go the traditional route and visit some of the cities most popular museums, but if you’re looking for a bit of a different experience, these ones are unique. You won’t find anything quite like these museums around the world.

Snowdome Museum

A museum dedicated to snow globes sure is unusual and Ikejiri Institute of Design is home to the world’s first and only art museum dedicated to them. There are around 1,000 samples from around the world and you can even make your very own snow globe.

Bunshin Tattoo Museum

Curated by the master of traditional Japanese tattooing, Horiyoshi III, Bunshin Tattoo Museum features a private collection with objects that relate to the culture, customs, and history of skin art. Bunshin is the ancient Japanese word for tattoos and prehistoric clay figurines found in the country showed the primitive pattern tattoos existed before the Common Era.

Meguro Parasitological Museum

This museum was opened back in 1953 by Satoru Kamegai, a doctor who couldn’t believe the number of patients affected by parasites in post-war Japan. The museum isn’t for the squeamish as it displays over 300 samples of the 45,000 parasites he collected. The second floor has an 8.8m tapeworm found in a 40-year-old man.