The Meguro Parasitological Museum is creepy, grotesque, and pure awesome. Rows of shelves are stacked with jars full of creatures that look like they are not of this world. It becomes ever more terrifying when you realize the very same contents could be lurking deep inside your own body. Since 1953, an unassuming building a fifteen minute walk from JR Meguro Station has been on the front lines of parasite research, preservation, and education. The official English website encourages us to "Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wondrous and resourceful way of life." However, most visitors simply want to experience the simple thrill factor and general bizarre nature of the world's only parasite museum. The other reason people go? It's free!
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is the Miyagi Prefecture Partner for Japan Travel and a longterm contributor since 2012 with a focus on the Tohoku region. Justin has written extensively for JT, and other publications such as VisitMiyagi and Sake Today, amassing over 350 published articles introducing the travel and culture of the region. Justin's wealth of experience and knowledge comes from studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and promoting sake overseas for the government of Fukushima. Now Justin helps with inbound tourism and regional promotion while also enjoying his role as a volunteer tour guide in Sendai, the gyutan capital of the world.