Location: Shinagawa-ku, Odaiba, Japan
The building that houses the Museum of Maritime Science is shaped like a ship, complete with an observation tower at the top of his deck. Appropriately enough, it is on Odaiba, reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, and offers a good view of the container port near Tokyo. The museum contains a unique collection of model boats, including wooden ships used during the Edo period; warships (such as armored Shikishima 1898), submarines, ferries; supertankers (such as Nisseki Maru, in use from 1971 to 1985 and the largest tanker in the world at the time), and container ships. Technical explanations, unfortunately, are mostly in Japanese only. Moored nearby is Soya, built in 1938 as an icebreaker load; has served as Japan’s first Antarctic observation ship and offers a view of house, the kitchen and engine rooms. Those with a lot of time available can also visit the Yotei Maru, which once ferried the waters between Aomori and Hokkaido before the opening of an underwater tunnel made his job obsolete. With the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in the vicinity, and a public swimming pool (July-August) next door, this area of Odaiba is a good destination for families.