Tokyo’s Kite Museum has kites of all shapes and sizes. There are about sixty on display and another 3500 in storage. They come from Australia, China, the United States and more countries. Lovers of the sport will love it.
The person behind the museum was Japan’s first Cordon Bleu-style chef, Shingo Modegi. He first built it not far from where it stands today. It was above his restaurant! Times changed, and it moved a few blocks to near the Mitsukoshi department store.
The interior of the new building is bright and beautiful. It is very spacious. You have lots of room to move around in. It is a massive improvement over their last building.
There are historical, animal and insect kites. The only limit to the designs is the imagination – so many kites of different shapes and sizes. Some even had real jobs to perform, like the air gunnery kites that the U.S. military used during World War 2. Others are so tiny that they are barely larger than a postage stamp. You’ll even see a few rare types.
The museum has one problem. It is the plaques. Everything is in Japanese. But the subject material is self-explanatory, so it shouldn’t cause too many problems.
What can you see at the museum?
Kites, kites, kites and more kites!
- The museum is quite bright and spacious. You won’t need to worry about settings too much.
- Most of the exhibits are behind glass. You’ll have to deal with a lot of reflections.
Where is the Kite Museum?
It is near Mitsukoshimae station in Nihonbashi. You’ll find it near the Mitsukoshi Department Store. The following subway lines go there:
- Tokyo Metro Ginza
- Tokyo Metro Hanzomon
Leave via exit B6 and make your way to the NS Building. The museum is on the 2nd floor.
Here is a Google map:
The Kite Museum is open from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
- Adults – 200 yen
- Children – 100 yen
For full details, see the museum’s website.
Other photo spots near the Kite Museum
If you are a kite fan, the Kite Museum is great, and taking photos is no problem. It will be a quick look for others and then move on to the next place. And if you want to take something home with you, they have quite an extensive range of kites for sale.
Many Japanese enjoy kite flying, and you can often see them around the city. A few weeks before I published this article, I photographed some at Kasai Rinkai Park. They are beautiful to look at as they fly. One day, I hope to visit a festival for them. If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below.