Salt and tobacco, the two unlikely subjects of this strangely rewarding museum, were both protected by a Japanese government monopoly for many years, and that’s why there’s a museum devoted to such seemingly unrelated industries. Prosaic as they may sound, one look at the quirky treasures in the collections will zoom this museum straight to the top of your “I’m so glad we went!” list.
Also, if you feel like taking one of my favorite walks in Tokyo after visiting the Tobacco & Salt Museum, the canal that passes by the back door is landscaped for kilometers in a truly delightful way, including many playgrounds for kids.
Open: Every day except closed Monday
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Admission: Adults ¥100; Children and students ¥50
While you’re in Japan, read a novel set in Tokyo!
“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.”