Kids and Firefighting fans will enjoy a few hours at the Fire Museum in Yotsuya, Tokyo. This free five-floor museum run by the Tokyo Fire Department both explains the history of fire and earthquake prevention and protection in Japan and is a fun, interactive environment for kids to climb on equipment and dress up. Entry to the museum is free and it is connected directly to the subway walking tunnels; the staff is also super friendly.
Fire Museum, Yotsuya
For kids under ten years, there are a few climb and ride on exhibits including two rescue helicopters (one inside and one outside on the roof). You can not climb on the older firetrucks. However, on the 3rd-floor play area, little ones (2-6) can dress in fire jackets and drive a mock-firetruck and enter the rescue helicopter which has a video in the windshield which enables kids to make believe they are resuming someone.
For older kids or adults, there are a lot of exhibits from dioramas, Edo period scrolls, and firefighter wear which explain the history of firefighting in Japan. Not all the exhibits are translated into English, but enough is to understand the context.
Visit the top floor where there is a sitting area with vending machines to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji and the Sky Tree on clear days. Overall, it’s a great place to spend an hour or two with your family.
Fire Museum, Yotsuya Details
Address: 3-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Business days and hours: Closed on Monday; open 9:30-5:00 Tues-Sun
Phone number: 03-3353-9119
Access: 4 min walk from Yotsuya 3-chome station on the Marunouchi Line, Public parking at various lots around neighbourhood
Take your emergency response vehicle loving kids to the Yotsuya Fire Museum to see fire equipment spanning a period of about 100 years, including an ambulance and helicopter. Children can wear firemen costumes, ride mini and real fire trucks like a real firefighter and watch miniature toy vehicles put out a fire, your kids will love it.
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