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Stationery Museum, Tokyo

Updated: Mar 20

Stationery Museum, Tokyo

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The Stationery Museum displays a variety of objects such as calligraphy brushes, inkstones, inkbottles and typewriters.

It's not a spacious museum but it has a huge amount of objects on display.

Stationery Museum, Tokyo

Opening Times and Admission

Open Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Closed on weekends and public holidays. Admission is free. Depending on how much time you want to dedicate to each section it can take anything from around 20 minutes to an hour to visit.

How to get there

Asakusabashi Station on the Asakusa and Chuo-Sobu Line is a 5-minute walk away.

Bakurochō Station on the Sobu Line is a 10-minute walk away.

Address: 1 Chome-1-15 Yanagibashi, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0052, Japan

Stationery Museum, Tokyo

I went there one random April, in the middle of the day. After writing my name down in a visitor's logbook at the entrance, I went in to explore what this little museum had to offer.

Everything is on one floor, with the objects divided into different categories/types.

As with the Sumo Museum, not much information is displayed in English. Translation apps are handy if you want to know any details about the origin or period the items on display belong to.

If you're a stationery enthusiast, you will have a lot to explore, going through fountain pens, ink bottles, letter openers, and typewriters. Some of the most interesting objects for me were the 15 kg, 1.7 m brush and replicas of pencils used by Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Even if you're not highly interested in these items, I think it's still useful to see how far technology has advanced.

Looking at the descriptions underneath ink cases from the Edo Period and ancient Chinese inkstones through the translation apps on my phone made me see then and there how far we've got with some aspects of communication.

Stationery Museum, Tokyo

The Stationery Museum, Tokyo is not super impressive (like the Miraikan), but I found it to be highly educational, which is why it made it to my top '20 Amazing Attractions to Visit in Tokyo'.

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