Minor Museum: Tokyo Port

If you find yourself with some time to kill in the Odaiba area (as I did the other week), you might want to pay a 20-minute visit to The Tokyo Port Museum. Its main attractions are scale models of the port in the Edo period and today, a bilingual video about the late 1960s to early 1970s land reclamation project that created the container shipping facility at Oi in Shinagawa Ward, and large windows facing in all directions, from which one can see the Oi wharf facility, among other views. There is extensive information in Japanese, but the most the exhibits have minimal English-language explanations as well.

The museum occupies most of the 20th floor of the Aomi Frontier Building, right next to Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line. Adult admission is just 200 yen.

Click on the photos for larger views…

The model of the port in the Edo era is the most impressive asset.

The model makers included several unobtrusive but humorous tableaux, such as this one of a man overboard.

If you crouch to view the model from a low angle, a poster on the far wall turns it into a diorama. Sort of.

In this view from one of the port museum's windows, the Oedo Onsen Monogatari spa is the collection of low buildings in the center, with a container shipping facility just beyond it, and the Oi container facility on the other side of the water. Berthed at Oi on the upper right you can see a ship from the Mitsui OSK Line, marked MOL. The company was in the news recently when its M. Star vessel (not the one seen here) was damaged in an apparent suicide bomb attack in the Strait of Hormuz on July 28. If you click on the image for a larger view you will see, just left of top center, a plane heading for a landing at Haneda Airport, whose control tower can be seen slightly further left.

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