Postal Museum Japan

Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumOne of my favorite activities from our most recent trip to Tokyo was our visit to the Postal Museum Japan. The museum recently moved from its old location into a shiny new floor at the Tokyo Skytree, making it super convenient for visitors. It’s not a large museum, but we spent a couple of hours inside looking through Japan’s interesting postal past.

We looked at postal transportation (original cart & basket, and motorbike delivery)…Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumPostal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumPostal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumAnd old postal uniforms…
Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumPostal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumA fantastic letter sorter…

Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumOld Japanese Post advertising…Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumOld letter bins and bags…Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumDetailed postmarks…Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumPostal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal Museum
And there was an array of old mailboxes…Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumJapanese postal museumJapanese postal museumJapanese postal museumAren’t they beautiful? I love all of the floral gold details on the last one.

As if the museum wasn’t wonderful enough, there was a mini post office in the gift shop and a modern mailbox at the exit. All mail sent from the museum gets stamped with a special Tokyo Skytree/Postal Museum postmark.Postal Museum Japan, Japanese Postal MuseumOf course that meant taking some time to write a few postcards at the museum. (Thankfully I had my tiny blue traveling address book with me!)Japanese postal museum Japanese postal museumI think our entrance fees might have been the best ¥300 we spent all vacation! If you are in Tokyo and you love all things mail, you have to visit. Send me a postcard! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Postal Museum Japan

  1. Emma says:

    That’s the best place I’ve ever seen! Those posters, that postbox! I must save up for a Japan trip 🙂

  2. Doug W. says:

    What an awesome trip report, and great pictures! The next best thing to visiting, but someday I’ll go. 🙂

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