“Tokyo University of Agriculture” is the first private agricultural school in Japan and is the only university in Japan specializing in agriculture. In the Food and Agriculture museum next to the university, the results of researches are free to visit. The visitors can observe rare plants and animals around the world in the “BIORIUM”.
The display of history and culture
The museum is on the location of 20 minutes on foot from Kyodo station of Odakyu Line. As soon as you arrive, you will see the “Chicken of Nareesuan the Great ” at the entrance. This museum is designed by Mr. Kengo Kuma, the famous architect in Japan. The ceiling is high, so it is very comfortable when the sunlight filters through the ceiling.
The Food and Agriculture Museum holds various events such as exhibitions, lectures and experiential learning throughout the year. The adults could enjoy the events as well as children. As you see, the first floor is used as cafe and exhibit corner and the second floor is prepared for permanent and special exhibits.
In the exhibition “Sake Vessels of Japan” on the second floor, a sake bottle lined up on the wall is a sake made at a warehouse operated by a graduate of Tokyo University of Agriculture. Actually, it seems that about 80% of the Japanese brewery is run by graduates of Tokyo University of Agriculture.
On the second floor, there are the old farmers’ house and the farm tools. A lot of ancient items are exhibited to help you learn the history and culture of the “Food and Agriculture” of Japan.
Next to the Food and Agriculture Museum is the “BIORIUM”. You could see the rare plants and animals collected by Research Institute of Evolutionary Biology from all over the world.
The 30-year-old golden barrel cactus
Plants from Latin America and Africa including the rare ones are displayed to the visitors. To be honest, the place which can offer you a chance to observe rare plants such closely is not easy to be found in Tokyo.
Close contact with these rare animals is a very amazing experience. Deepen your understanding of all the living things on the earth by this experience.
Guided tours of the Biorium with explanations of living plants and animals are conducted by staff of the Research Institute of Evolutionary Biology every Tuesday and Thursday, starting from 2:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. the fee is 500 yen for an adult and 250 yen for a child.
Why not having a cup of coffee in such open space?
In the Cafe Petit Radish on the first floor, you can enjoy the scenery outsides while have coffee. And it is a good place to have a rest as well.
There are a lot of products developed by Tokyo University of Agriculture in the café.
If you want to learn about the history and culture of the Japanese food and agriculture, or you have interest in the rare creatures, the Food and Agriculture Museum is a good place to go. By the way, having a cup of coffee in a huge space is also a nice choice.
Food and Agriculture Museum
Address: 2-4-28 Kami-Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0098
Open: 10:00-17:00(April to November) 10:00-16:30(December to March)
Closed: every Mondays, every last Tuesday of the month and other days designated by the University
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