If you thought you'd seen it all, visit the Parasitological Museum in Tokyo, one of the most bizarre museums in the world with a wide selection of nasty parasites.
- What: Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館)
- Where: 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0064, Japan [Map]
- When: 10am until 5pm (Monday & Tuesday closed)
- Price: FREE
- Why: Very different and extremely nerdy, not your average tourist destination.
- Notes: It is a very tiny museum with 2 floors, I recommend combining this museum with other activities in Meguro, to go to Meguro solely for the parasite museum is a bad idea.
- Similar: Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam
On a rainy day I decided to visit this akward museum in the middle of nowhere, it was still downtown Tokyo but not an area where you'll find a lot of tourists. The museum if very tiny with only 2 small floors, free entrance and no staff.
I did enjoy all the specimen they had on display ranging from a severed turtle head that got taken over by parasites, large parasite models, the lifecycle of parasites in humans and a little mouse with large parasites on strong water.
I would not visit this place on a first trip to Japan, schedule it for a second trip or when you actually live in Japan. For more information check their website which is also in English.