Hachioji – Trick Art Museum

Hachioji is a town in Tokyo prefecture  and was my destination for today’s trip. After getting out at Takao station (which was a poor choice since I had to walk quite a bit to the mountain) I followed the street and then read some signs about a “Trick Art Museum”. Fine, I thought, because I had been to a museum of optical illusions before in Frankfurt, so I wanted to see the Japanese one. It turned out that the museum was not very far away from one of the hiking routes for Mount Takao.

When I went to the counter they switched to oh-theres-a-foreigner mode. The entrance is quite expensive and one of the museum employees introduced the first optical illusions to me. They had prepared a booklet with lots of English sentences inside so that non-Japanese speaking people don’t make them speechless – unless you’re mean and start asking questions, that is 😉

Most of the museum uses an Egyptian theme and almost all exibits are paintings. The best spot to make a photo was usually marked on the floor so I guess it’s a lot of fun for families. Special “glasses” for enhanced effects were provided but I think the museum in Frankfurt was better, more interactive.


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This is my personal blog expressing my love for traveling (and living) in Japan, Korea and other parts of the world.

Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007, in japan, museum, travel and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Cool. I hiked up Takaosan. HIked up trail 1 and back down on trail 6.

    I didn’t hit the museum, but I did take photos of their billboards in town.

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