Tokyo Water Science Museum

Family friendly fun in Koto City

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

Tokyo is not shy with its family friendly fun. And family friendly is free with the Tokyo Water Science Museum. Located in Koto City in Tokyo, the museum is just one of those fun - and for parents entirely helpful - places to bring the kids.

The museum is filled with exhibits and activities that everyone, especially the younger ones, can really get into. The Wakuwaku Mountain and the Ukiuki Pool greet you as you enter and with their water spray guns, underwater observation posts and waterfalls, are the first point of fun for the kids.

Tokyo Water Science Museum (Photo: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Ryoma35988 (ja:利用者:Ryoma35988) / CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Tokyo Water Science Museum (Photo: Ryoma35988 (ja:利用者:Ryoma35988) / CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Water Science Museum is designed for education through fun so you'll find a lot of interactive learning opportunities broken up into themed zones. For example, the Aqua Lab offers a number of water-based experiments while the Aqua Trip zone highlights the way in which water makes its way from the natural world to urban homes. The Aqua Forest looks at water in the natural world and Aqua Town focuses on water in urban daily life.

All of this can sound grey and technical but in actual practice is quite fun. The design of the zones are colourful, exciting and interactive. Experiments, multi-walled theatre showings, interactive displays, and more all feature while the museum ends with a tour of the local Ariake water facility.

Koto City is blessed with lots of water, the perfect place for a water museum (Photo: <a href=",_at_Ariake,_Koto,_Tokyo_(2019-01-01)_03.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Lombroso / CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Koto City is blessed with lots of water, the perfect place for a water museum (Photo: Lombroso / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Koto City is blessed with its waterfront views and green spaces. The Tokyo Water Science Museum is simply one of those perfect places for families and is an easily enjoyed attraction for an hour or two. Educational-wise there is a lot to be learnt. In terms of fun, there is a lot to be had. And above all, the museum is free.

Now what family on holidays wouldn't enjoy that?

Getting there

The museum is a 10-minute walk from either Kokusai Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line or Tokyo Big Sight Station on the Yurikamome Line.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I have over 400 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style. I happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via

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Elena Lisina a year ago
Interesting! At school I wanted to become an oceanologist, but I could study only in St. Petersburg where children from other cities were rarely accepted, so I entered the Architectural Academy at my home city instead.
Elena Lisina a year ago
Yes! But I still love to visit aquariums and would like to visit this museum too. :D
Kim B a year ago
What ages would you recommend this for? We’re in Tokyo this week!
Sébastien Duval a year ago
Sleiman: What about adding that piece of advice in the article itself?