Kite Museum, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

One of the most interesting places worth visiting in Nihonbashi, Tokyo is a kite museum. With a collection of close to 4000 kites, from postal stamp-sized kites to a meter-long bright coloured kites, this rather small space showcases an interesting collection. If you are looking for something offbeat while in Tokyo, this place is for you.

Started by a gentlemen named Shingo Modegi and now run by his son, this museum offers a glimpse into the kite flying adventures of Mr. Modegi. Traveling across the world, Mr. Modegi took part in various kite flying competitions. All the kites which he flew over the years are on display. Mr. Modegi himself made almost all the kites which he flew, and he won quite a few competitions around the world (his trophy collection is on display at the museum). This place reminds me of the Indian kite flying festival of Makar Sankranti.

kite 1

kite 2

kite 18

                 (The kite master Mr. Modegi himself)

kite 3

kite 6

             (Mr. Modegi actually flew the sailboat shaped kite)

kite 5

              (A newspaper photo showing the sailboat kite)

kite 4

kite 7

kite 8

kite 10

kite 11

kite 12

kite 13

kite 15

kite 16

kite 19

kite 20

kite museum map

                          (building which has the museum)

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Items: Kite Museum at Nihonbashi, Tokyo (official website here)

Price: Admission is  200 Japanese Yen for adults or ₹124.

Location:  Yasuaki County Building (5th floor of Taimeiken‎ restaurant building), 1-12-10 Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0027.

Telephone: +81 3-3275-2704

Timings: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays)

Type: Museum/Tourist

How to get there:10 minute walk north-east from Yaesu central exit of Tokyo station OR 1 minute walk north from C5 exit of Nihonbashi station

Language: Attendant at the museum will speak some English.

Also visit: Currency Museum, Bank of Japan

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2 thoughts on “Kite Museum, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

  1. Wow, what beautiful kites. I’m so used to thinking of kites as the really simple, diamond shaped types. I’ll have to remember to come here the next time I visit Tokyo.

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