- 1 Tokyo Fire Museum- Stop, Drop and Roll Your Way in!
- 2 Tokyo Fire Museum – Things for the Kids to Do
- 3 Ride-On Fun at the Tokyo Fire Museum
- 4 More Hands-On Fun at the Tokyo Fire Museum
- 5 Tokyo Toy Museum – For the Adults and Older Kids
- 6 The Inside Scoop
- 7 Shop Tokyo Fire Museum Souvenirs
- 8 Our Top Tips
- 9 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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Tokyo Fire Museum- Stop, Drop and Roll Your Way in!
Steps above the Yotsuya-Sanchome station, the Tokyo Fire Museum is just three stops from Shinjuku on the Marunouchi Red Line (or 6 stops the other direction from Tokyo station). The Tokyo Fire Museum is a hands-on spot with lots of opportunities to climb in, climb on, and press buttons. If your kids are like mine and LOVE trucks, ambulances, helicopters, motorbikes, and cars too, this is a fun spot for a few hours interactivity.
Tokyo Fire Museum – Things for the Kids to Do
There’s opportunity throughout most of the floors. BF1 showcases the history of Fire Engines, 1F is where the entrance is (and kids can spot the France-made fire helicopter which was in use until 1982), 3F is all about the Fire Service today and shows fire men and women in action as they work to protect people and property from disasters of the natural and man-made kind, 4F and 5F is all about history – these not such fun floors for kids but do stop by the 5th as this is where you access the Outdoor Helicopter model. The 6th has videos to watch, and a cartoon theatre, while the 7th floor is a library.
I’d suggest taking the lift to the top, and descending by stairs to each floor. A quick scoot around each floor is all you need to find the kid-stuff.
Ride-On Fun at the Tokyo Fire Museum
- Try out an amusement car
- Climb into the ambulance
- Drive a fire truck
- Size up the indoor helicopter
- Take a trip on a Fire Truck excavator or motorbike carnival ride
- Stop by the 5th floor to test out the Outdoor Helicopter model. Sit inside and imagine what it is like to fly one of these things!
More Hands-On Fun at the Tokyo Fire Museum
There’s lots of other hands-on experiences throughout the Tokyo Fire Museum too. Kids can press buttons to drive fire trucks around a city-scape track, play with fire-truck toys, read fire-truck books and manga comics, watch fire-truck cartoons, and try on some fire-fighting uniforms too. The Tokyo Fire Museum will keep your kids busy!
Tokyo Toy Museum – For the Adults and Older Kids
The Tokyo Toy Museum is not just for the kids. Older children, teens, and adults will find lots to see and do too. There’s history with de-commissioned engines and helicopters on display and fun facts. (Did you know that motor fire engines were only introduced to Tokyo in 1917?) You can learn about fire prevention, and what to do if you are caught in a natural disaster such as a serious earthquake.
On the 4th and 5th floors, there’s a pictorial and model display of the rapid progress of Japan’s fire service since the mid-century. There’s also wooden block prints of the early days of fire fighting by ‘kikeshi’ (firefighters) in the 17th and 18th century. You can also visit the 10th floor Observation Room to take a look across the Tokyo skyline. On a fine day, you’ll see the Tokyo Skytree and maybe even Mt Fuji!
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- 9.30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday
- FREE entry
- Closed Mondays, and New Year Holiday (Dec 28th – Jan 4th)
- Entrance at Exit 2 Yotsuya-Sanchome station.
- Phone: 03 3353 9925
- Tokyo Fire Museum Website
- Catch the Marunouchi Red Line from Tokyo or Shinjuku to Yotsuya-Sanchome station. Take Exit 2 for the Tokyo Fire Museum. (The main entry is on Level 1, street level.)
- Our tip: buy a pre-paid card, such as a Suica or Pasmo. They require a refundable 500 yen initial charge, but make subway use infinitely easier than having to buy a paper ticket at a station whenever you ride a train. You only need to touch your card for a second on the sensor at the ticket wicket as you pass through.
Location and Map
- Address: Yotsuya 3-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
Shop Tokyo Fire Museum Souvenirs
There’s also a shop where you can buy a whole bunch of fire-related souvenirs, including the Kyuta mascot for Tokyo metropolitan fire department, the fireman from the future. Kyuta wears a blue helmet, which represents water, and a red suit, which represents his fearlessness; his yellow antenna lights up when he detects danger, and his chest is imprinted with the emergency telephone number. Kyuta’s name comes from the 9 in 119, which in Japanese is pronounced kyu. Also the two kanji 急 and 救, which mean “rapid” and “rescue” are both pronounced kyu.
Our Top Tips
- Visit the Tokyo Toy Museum first then stop by here on your way back to the station.
- Thinking about a family trip to Japan? Then visit here to find ALL the family-friendly info you’ll need on ground transportation, places to stay, where to eat, and SUPER DOOPER fun things to do in Tokyo!
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