Have you ever imagined about a museum displaying a wide range of toys? Surprisingly, there are a huge number of Japanese and overseas toys displayed at an elementary school!
Actually, Tokyo Toy Museum was open in 2008 and it was formerly Shinjuku Kuritsu Yotsuya Elementary School, but it is now being used as the site of Tokyo Toy Museum. As the principal suggests, it aims to provide different generations with fun and encourage family communication at the same time. If you want to have precious moments with your children, Tokyo Toy Museum is definitely a good option for you!
There are altogether three floors in this museum. Just take your time hanging around! The toys displayed in this museum are made of wood and light, so parents can be reassured that children will not get hurt easily. Some interesting display rooms will be introduced in the following paragraphs.
Toy Factory – Make Your Own Toy!
Joining a workshop at the Toy Factory, you can pick up some quick skills of making a handmade toy by yourself under the guidance of the museum staff. You can rest assured that there are different levels for learners, ranging from beginners to higher classes. For children, they can make use of simple materials like paper cups and straws to create their toys whereas adults can learn to make some complex toys. If you would like to join one of the workshops, please take a look at the timetable for the different workshop schedules and give it a try!
Special Exhibition and Good Toy Gallery – Widen Your Horizons
If you want to know more about Japanese and overseas toys, please take this opportunity to hang around at the Special Exhibition and Good Toy Gallery. At the Special Exhibition, fifteen thousand toy collections from over 100 countries are displayed. You surely will be able to discover some unusual toys that you have never seen before!
As for Good Toy Gallery, award-winning toys are exhibited.
These toys were awarded based to their good designs. Some of them were designed for children to develop their collaboration and problem-solving skills as well as training their IQ levels. Most of them are adorable and interesting! Visitors can feel free to touch and play. If you don’t know how to play, just feel free to seek help from the staff (the ones wearing red aprons). The staff are very kind and willing to teach you patiently.
Wood Toy Forest – Kids’ Paradise
Travelling with children may be a trouble for most parents. However, in this museum, you don’t have to worry and you can absolutely have a wonderful time with your kids! Wood Toy Forest on the third floor provides children with a big wood ball pool. Children generally love to spend a couple of hours playing there!
Game Salon – Play with Your Kids!
Want to try your hand at playing some popular games? In Game Salon, various kinds of games are shown. Say for example, table soccer, Chinese chess and puzzles. Different levels of games are displayed.
If you are a beginner, just select the easiest version first and challenge yourself. Meanwhile, children can learn how to interact with other kids in this room too!
Toy Square Red – Imaginations and Innovations
For foreigners, it is uncommon to see traditional Japanese toys which were produced during Showa Period. If you want to know how children played in the bygone days, just take a look! Here, children can feel free to make use of their creativity to play with those toys. Say for example, acting like a salesperson, a housekeeper, farmer, etc.
Parents and children can try role-play games at the same time.
Souvenir Shop – Buy Something Special
Before you leave, why not stop by the toy shop on the second floor? You can definitely select some toys for your kids. A variety of toys can be found, ranging from baby toys, toys catering for kindergarten kids and toddlers. The photos below list a small number of toys.
If you want to know more about that, please pay a visit!
This article only covers some of the interesting rooms of Tokyo Toy Museum. Go there and you will understand why children and adults love this place so much! Have a good time!
Address: Yotsuya Square, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku
Access by train: Get off train at Yotsuya-Sanchome station (Marunouchi line) exit 2
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Thursdays)
Price of tickets: ¥800 per adult (Junior high school and above); ¥600 per child