Only in Japan is there a Poop Museum (Unko Pop-up Museum). The pop-up exhibit opened on March 15, 2019, and is planned to run until July 15th, 2019. Japan has a poop fascination – I am always reminded about when my kids were in Japanese hoikuen (daycare) that the diary book would have comments about the color and form of their poop. I thought it strange, but now understand that you can tell a lot about a person’s health from their diet.
Poop Museum (Unko Pop-up Museum) & Asobuilding – Yokohama, Kanagawa (Until 7/15/2019)
Well, back to the Unko Museum (Unko means poop). The Poop Museum is the 2nd floor of an old Post Office Annes, My daughter and I paid 2,600 yen to visit for 90 mins (you buy a ticket for a two-hour block). She is six and thought it was hysterical. I found humor more in the adults that were screaming poop and running through the museum to get the “best shots” of poop exploding volcanoes. The museum is an Instagram heaven with pop shots everywhere. You can play “crappy games,” draw poop in whiteboard toilets, run around smashing poop, see how loud you can scream “UNKO” to make an Unko jump on a screen.
I recommend that you reserve your tickets online. We did and only had to wait about 10 mins in line to enter at noon. Reserve tickets here.
If you want a quintessential Japan experience that you should see the exhibit before it closes on July 15, 2019. The first floor of the Asobobuliding is a relaxed restaurant area with about 15 restaurants offering coffee and doughnuts to ramen and sushi. Plan to have lunch. On the 3rd floor is a Momotsukuri area where you can buy materials for DIY crafts and also try some workshops from ceramics to jewelry making. I recommend you reserve before you visit. Here is the latest workshop schedule. As of April 11th, 2019 the 4th floor has not opened yet, but will open on May 1st, 2019 and will be kids play area called Pu-chu.
Unko Museum Details
Address: 2-14-2 AsoBuilding 2F, Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Tickets: Reserve online Adults 1,600 JPY, Kids above nursery level 900 JPY and nursery and below free.
Access: 45 mins from Shibuya Station to Yokohama Station and then a five min walk. There is paid public parking near the museum.
Poop Museum (Unko Pop-up Museum) & Asobobuilding – Yokohama, Kanagawa (Until 7/15/2019)