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[Adult School Trips ]7 places to travel and learn

[Adult School Trips ]7 places to travel and learn


Do you feel that you have fewer opportunities to "learn new "things compared to when you were a student?
Places that didn't interest you then, or that you couldn't see slowly, may be seen in a completely different light now that you are an adult.
In this article, we introduce seven royal and seven hole-in-the-wall spots that offer a lot of learning opportunities.
Why don't you take your time and have an adult school trip while reminiscing about that time?

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[Tokyo ]National Museum

The National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, is a place where you can learn a lot about Japanese history "Tokyo National Museum ".
"The museum, nicknamed Touhaku ", is crowded with visitors every day.

The Tokyo National Museum has the longest history of any museum in Japan, with some 110,000 items in its collection!

The attraction of the Tokyo National Museum is the abundance of cultural assets on display, not only from Japan but also from other countries in the Orient.
The museum is full of attractions such as national treasures, important cultural properties, and various exhibits including Buddhist statues and bronze vessels.

The Tokyo National Museum consists of six buildings, including the Honkan, the Toyokan, and the Heiseikan, and is very spacious!

In the main building, works related to Japanese history and art, such as Buddhist art, swords, and Kabuki costumes.
In the Toyokan, art and archaeological materials from China and India.
The Heiseikan includes a special exhibition hall, an archaeological exhibition room, and a special exhibition space, where visitors can enjoy different exhibits at different times of the year.

In the lush green area of Ueno Onshi Park, the National Museum has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for a date or for sightseeing.

At the atrium entrance of the main building, the marble staircase is a sight to behold! You may recognize it from a scene in a commercial or TV drama.
Note the wall clocks, stained glass windows, and other interior decorations.

Many museums and art galleries are concentrated in the vicinity, including the World Heritage "National Museum of Western Art "and the National Museum of Nature and Science "National Museum of Nature and Science ", the only national comprehensive science museum on the history of natural history and science and technology.
The atmosphere of Ueno Onshi Park is also lovely, so just taking a walk is enjoyable!

You may have visited there as a student, especially if you attended school in the metropolitan area.
Even exhibits that didn't make you feel anything at the time, you may be able to learn something from them now that you are an adult.

"Facility Information "
Name: Tokyo National Museum
Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: JR lines, Ginza line, Hibiya line, Keisei line "10 min. walk from Ueno station "
Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday (if the regular holiday falls on a national holiday, the next day is closed)
Material: General 1000yen

[Ibaraki ]Tsukuba Space Center

This facility, which is well known as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency "JAXA ", can be toured inside "Tsukuba Space Center ".
The agency is responsible for Japan's aerospace development policy and is famous for its large space station control room.

It is located on a large site of approximately 530,000 square meters as a comprehensive office with a nature-rich environment and state-of-the-art testing facilities, and operates as the core of space development.

Free tours are also available without reservations and free of charge.
Guided tours are also available for 500 yen with a reservation!

This is a facility where visitors can learn about space and rockets, which are usually not well known, while having fun and experiencing them!

"Facility Information "
Name: Tsukuba Space Center
Address: 〒305-8505
Access: JR Joban Line "Arakawaoki Station "Get off at Arakawaoki Station and transfer to a bus. "National Institute for Materials Science "Get off and walk about 1 minute.
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00
Payment: 9:30 - 16:30
Closed: irregular holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, and facility inspection days (check official website for details)
Admission: Free

[Saitama ]Railway Museum

Located about 2 minutes from Omiya Station by New Shuttle "Railway Museum ".
This museum is said to have opened in 2007 as the main project of JR East's 20th anniversary.

There are 41 train cars on display in the museum, 36 of which are displayed in the train station, which also displays cars designated as national important cultural properties.

Steam locomotives and nostalgic cars manufactured in the Showa period are also on display, allowing visitors to enjoy trains from a different angle!

In addition to Omiya in Saitama, Japan, there is also "Linear Railroad Museum "in Nagoya and "Kyoto Railway Museum "in Kyoto.
There are also other private railroad museums that you may be interested in visiting.

Trains are something we take for granted in our daily lives. Why don't you learn about its history and mechanism, and gain knowledge that will add something extra to your everyday life?

"Facility Information "
Name: Railway Museum
Address: 3-47 Taisei-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Phone number: 048-651-0088

[Chiba ]Aviation Museum

A very popular spot in the Chiba Narita area "Aviation Museum ".
The fuselage of an actual passenger plane is on display, making this facility a must-see for aviation enthusiasts.

There is also a facility where visitors can experience piloting a large model of a jumbo jet in the cockpit at the rear of the aircraft, allowing them to experience what it is like to be a pilot!

The exhibits include pilot and flight attendant uniforms and everything related to airplanes.
The piston engine corner displays R-3350, Rolls Royce Merlin, etc., the engine, tires, cabin, and cockpit of a Boeing 747, the forelegs of a DC-8 jet airliner, and cross sections of the fuselage and wings of a Boeing 747.

Because of its location near Narita Airport, visitors can view aircraft taking off and landing from the museum!
It is a magical world where visitors can enjoy the collaboration between the old airplanes on display and those flying today!

The "Balloon" observation restaurant is located in the central building on the 4th floor, where visitors can enjoy a meal while watching airplanes take off and land from Narita Airport.
The windows also overlook the outdoor plaza, where you can enjoy the museum's original in-flight meal-style lunch while viewing the various airplanes on display on the green grass!

Name: Aviation Science Museum
Address: 111-3, Iwayama, Shibayama-cho, Yamato-gun, Chiba
Access: 20 minutes from Airport Terminal 2 Station on the JR Narita Line by Narita Airport Transport AMB bus bound for AMB Minami Sanrizuka (Mon-Fri) or by bus bound for the Aviation Museum (Sat, Sun, national holidays).
Parking: Available
Hours: 10:00-16:30 (closing at 17:00)

[Hiroshima ]Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Many of us have visited this place at least once when we were students "Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ".

In fact, it was reopened in April 2019.
Compared to the previous exhibition, only panoramic photographs of Hiroshima before and after the bombing and computer graphics (CG) images reproducing the atomic bombing and explosion are placed as introductory exhibits, so it is said that the design is more in touch with the "reality of the damage "exhibition.

It is also famous for the creation of a section called "Cries of the Souls ", where the personal lives of deceased A-bomb survivors are recalled through their belongings and images.

The regret of those who died in agony and the deep grief of the bereaved families are naturally conveyed through the episodes surrounding the articles and the bereaved families.
Some of the exhibits include episodes that were made into picture books for children and became known throughout Japan.

Other changes include the disappearance of the A-bombed reenactment dolls that walk around with their skin (hifu) dangling from their burns.
From the hibakusha: "The damage was not like this. "
"Unlike the dolls, some of them were actually naked with their clothes burned off and their faces so badly burned that their gender could not be determined. "Some people's faces were so burnt that their gender could not be determined, and the exhibition was discontinued.

It is said that the exhibition method was renewed in order to prevent false images of the Hibakusha from dominating in the future when they are no longer around.

By daring not to provide detailed explanations of the exhibits, the exhibition focuses on encouraging visitors to face the artifacts and imagine the suffering of the hibakusha and their bereaved families by putting them in their own shoes.
Now that you are an adult with changed sensibilities as well as exhibition methods, you may see things in a different way than when you were a student.

Once again, visitors can learn about the history of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing and the current state of the nuclear age by viewing artifacts left behind by hibakusha and documents showing the devastation caused by radiation exposure.

"Facility Information "
Name: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 730-0811
Access: 17 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station by local bus
Approximately 70 minutes from Hiroshima Airport by limousine bus
Approximately 25 minutes from Hiroshima Port by local bus
Parking: None
Phone number: 082-241-4004 (general information)

[Okinawa ]Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum is located at Okinawa's largest war site "Okinawa Battle Site National Park ".
This site is located in the southern part of Okinawa's main island "where the Battle of Okinawa ended "on a plateau overlooking the hills of Mabuniin, Itoman City to the south, with a view of the rugged and beautiful coastline to the southeast.

The museum uses videos and models to convey the lessons of the history of the Battle of Okinawa.

The site also includes the Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall, the Cornerstone of Peace, and the National War Cemetery for the Okinawa War Dead, where you can learn a lot.

You can also visit nearby facilities, Himeyuri Tower and Himeyuri Peace Memorial Museum.

Name: Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum
Address: 614-1, Mabuni, Itoman City, Okinawa, Japan
Access: 50 minutes by bus from Naha Bus Terminal, "Peace Hall Entrance ", 3 minutes walk after getting off the bus.
Fee: Adults 300 yen, children 150 yen
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[Tokyo ]Diet Building

The political center of Japan "The Diet Building ".
Its location is known to everyone, and it is said that the building was completed in 1936 over a period of 16 years.

The building is divided into the House of Representatives on the right and the House of Councillors on the left as you face the front of the building. If you make a reservation, you can tour the inside of the Capitol building, which is an attractive feature.

As for observing the meetings, the House of Councillors is open to the public, while the House of Representatives is open to the public with a general audience ticket, which is issued on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the plenary session.
In addition, they can also visit "the Resting Place "where the Emperor has an audience, "the Noble Family Room "and "the Great Hall "with its gorgeous walls and stained glass windows.

Many of you may have visited the museum on social studies field trips when you were students, but now that you are adults who are more exposed to politics, you may enjoy your visit time even more because of the historical buildings, decorations, and opulence.

"Facility Information "
Name: Congress Hall
Address: 1-7-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014 *House of Representatives
Access: Tokyo Metro "Kokkai-gakkou-doumae "station 3 min. walk from Exit 1
     Tokyo Metro "Nagatacho "Station 3 min. walk from Exit 1
Parking: None
Other: Conditions and reservation methods for visiting the National Diet vary. Please be sure to check the official website.


The "places" you visited when you were a student may look completely different when you visit them again as an adult.
"Why not enjoy a great travel time with an added element of learning "?

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