Attraction 10-1 Aizumichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0005, Japan Published on: 25-02-2016
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Why Tokyo Toy Museum is special ?
The Tokyo Toy Museum was opened in 2008 and makes use of the school building from the former Fourth Yotsuya Elementary School, which was constructed before World War II. The theme of this museum is “encountering toys that open the heart.” Over 10,000 toys are available that can be enjoyed by all ages from children to seniors, and visitors can actually touch soothing Japanese wooden toys and European toys with refined designs. A toy workshop that makes toys from recycled materials is open every day, and volunteer “toy curator” staff members and toy consultants teach visitors how to play with the toys.
What to explore at Tokyo Toy Museum?
There are more than 10,000 toys in the museum, filling playrooms and hallways. It is all very organised, though, with attendants helping out. Toy curators help children play and explore. The toys and games hail from over 100 countries, so odds are you’ll be quite thankful for an attendant’s introduction to a new game.
For parents of babies, the baby room is a respite – minimalistic and beautiful. Fine toys, cutie babies, caring parents, and winsome attendants fill the space. Friendly workers will present your kids with toys, ask them questions, and interact with great skill. They are not selling anything, just giving the children and parents what they need. There are, of course, changing and nursing facilities in that room.
For older kids, Tokyo Toy Museum offers toy workshops, or classes ranging from wood-building to origami. The price for taking a toy-making class is 1,000 on weekends, but free on weekdays. The weekend option may seem steep, but it was pretty rockin’ seeing my daughter smooth wood with a square of sandpaper for the first time. They are now the proud owners of a toy/wooden tape dispenser with bobbing head.
Tokyo Toy Museum could be a perfect birthday party site or playdate.
How to get to Tokyo Toy Museum?
By car:Please use a nearby coin-operated parking lot.
From Haneda Airport:Approximately 50 minutes from Haneda Airport.
15 minutes from Tokyo Station.
By train:From the Exit No. 2 of Yotsuya-sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
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10-1 Aizumichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0005, Japan
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This place is oozing with charm and education. Multiple floors full of toys that challenge the mind and watching the kids play with them makes it all worth while. The arts and crafts room is a must..
I wasn't really sure what the expect but the compact Tokyo Toy Museum was just a delight. Spread over three floors in an old school building, we ended up spending all our time on two floors - the main floor, and the one with the playroom for 1-2 year old. This second floor has a wonderful little closed off area, full of natural light, where babies can play with toys such as a rocking horse, wooden tunnels, large smooth wooden rocks, sorting toys and cars. There's a large, smooth, wide, shallow, white depression in the middle which is full of these wonderful tactile wooden balls and rocks, and my 20-month-old had a blast with other Japanese children, crawling down, touching the shapes, and then rolling them down the gentle slope. They also had beautiful hand puppets, which she loved interacting with us with. The floor where you enter is the main floor where u buy your tickets, and receive a map of the facility in English. There is one room which is an exhibit - i.e. a museum of dolls and toys from around the world - but the rest is a fantastic play area. My favourite was the room of award-winning toys where a large round table and shelves holds a multitude of toys (both wooden and other materials) with which to play. I was struck by the fact that not everyone playing there was accompanied by children, and I have to say that I spent a long time playing with all the different toys and puzzles on view, long after my daughter had wandered off with my husband to explore the rest of the museum. The toy shop, Apty, which is also on this floor is a delight. The highlight for me, however, was the staff! They are incredibly kind and, in spite of not all of them knowing English, go out of their way to show u how some of the toys work. The gentleman in this award-toys room was particularly memorable - he challenged us to solve a wooden puzzle, and when I solved it after an age of trying - did some wonderful magic card tricks for us!! he had a wonderful sense of humour as well!!