Cool off this summer in one of Japan’s 16 trick art museums!

Trick Art Museums are usually popular and fun with kids, and being indoors with AC cooling and all, you might be tempted into visiting one the 16 in Japan as one of your summer activity options. Below we mention some of the more well known ones.
floating ancient Egyptian Temple
The Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo has mounted a special exhibition.
Damashi-e: Visual Deception (More details about the exhibits in the Daily Yomiuri feature here)
Until Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Access to the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, a seven-minute walk from Shibuya Station.
Admission: 1,400 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for university and high school students, and 700 yen for primary and middle school students.
For more information, call (03) 3477-9413.

The first and only trick art museum to open in Kyushu in 2007 has proved very popular:

The Trick Art “Strange Art Museum” (Trick Art「Fushigi na Bijitsukan」at the Oita International Plaza  has three main zones: the Waterless Aquarium, the Masterpiece Parody Zone, and the Showa Romance Zone. Each zones exhibit will last approximately one year, as exhibits will change around the Christmas each year. Photography is allowed at this museum. Read more about the museum here and at its official museum website: 

If you happen to be heading out on a hike to Mt Takao, you might want to hop into the Takao Trick Art Museum  to cool off after your hike. See more of the museum well known to Tokyo-ites at this page. Make sure you print out your internet coupon for the museum before going. Website: and access info follows immediately below:  Keio Line: 1 min from the Keio Line, Takaosanguchi St. / JR Chuo Line: Change at Takao St. and take Keio Line to Takaosanguchi St. By car: Chuo Expressway~Hachioji IC~ Route 16 and 20 (8km) 15 min / Chuo Expressway ~ Sagamiko IC, Fuijino IC~Route 20 (12 km) 20 min 

You might also like to combine a visit to the the popular Karuizawa highland summer resort area with a visit to the Kyukaruizawa Trick Art Museum. Access: 809 Kyukaruizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun. 5-min. by bus from Karuizawa Station More details and info here

Tokyo Tower Trick Art Gallery  If you haven’t headed out to the Tokyo Tower for a while, now you have a reason to … visit the Trick Art Gallery at the base of Tokyo Tower. Location: 4-2-8 Shiba-koen; Minato-ku / Access: Five minutes’ walk from Akabane-bashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line; six minutes’ walk from Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line; seven minutes’ walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. Visit the Tokyo Tower  official website for more details.
Finally, if you are predisposed towards an outing in Yokohama, there’s a very small trick art gallery in the Yokohama’s Chinatown (Location: Yokohama Daska (China Museum)) Access map here
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