Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Odaiba

Be your own Director & capture 3-dimensional photo fun!

By Jessica A Paje    - 3 min read

Family time is precious these days. My son is going on 16 and my husband travels often, so I’m always on the lookout for something thrilling enough to grab and keep their attention when we are together. Other than trying not to bend the rule, "No iPhone’s during family time," I know what their needs are: feed them & make them laugh. Let’s go to Tokyo Trick Art Museum!

I first stumbled across the Tokyo Trick Art Museum in Odaiba after having breakfast at the famous Australian restaurant, bills, located at DECKS Tokyo Beach (check out my first article published on JapanTourist, “Breakfast at ‘bills’ Kamakura”). Coincidentally, we had talked about visiting the Takao Trick Art Museum weeks earlier, so I easily convinced the boys to stay at DECKS to check it out. This ultimately saved us from paying additional train fares and 100-minutes of travel time into Takao.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum is located on the 4th Floor of DECKS Tokyo Beach complex and requires you to not only have an imagination, but to have a camera of some sorts handy for pure amusement. An iPhone, Nintendo 3DS, or even a Canon EOS will do just fine. It’s best to plan ahead and charge batteries, as there are 45 x 2-dimensional exhibits along the passageways that create the illusion of true existence. One snapshot may not be enough to capture the perfect angle. Unlike typical art museums, at Tokyo Trick Art you’re encouraged to become your own director in each mural space, touch the painting as if you were the object, take lots of pictures, and laugh out loud with friends and family.

It was a Saturday morning when we arrived at the opening hour of 11a.m. Only two families were in front of us, so the wait was minimal. Bring enough Yen to cover the entry fee since payment must be made in cash through the automated ticket machine (it looks like an ATM). Adult ticket prices are ¥900. Junior High to 4 years cost ¥600. Soon after we paid, we were greeted at the entrance with cute souvenir tickets and an English-speaking host. She introduced us to the art of illusion and explained how important it was to refer to the sample photos at each station for ideas on how to take the best possible snapshot.

After posing for some of the most hilarious photos ever taken with the family, I’d say this trip was a success. We spent at least an hour in the Tokyo Trick Art Museum and were immediately looking forward to lounging on the nearest bench to browse through all of the photos. Laughing, smiling…repeat. Good times!

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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True, in this museum we can be own director to snap nice pic!
Kylie Plester 5 years ago
The photos are awesome. They have done a great job on those paintings.
JJ Walsh 8 years ago
It's great to have more family-fun articles, will definitely try to stop in next time me and the kids are in tokyo- we have these trick art pictures sometimes at malls and museums around Hiroshima too, but nothing that is permanently there to enjoy.