Museum of Package Culture – Tokyo, Japan - Atlas Obscura

Tokyo, Japan

Museum of Package Culture

Discover the past, present, and future of packaging in this unique Japanese museum.  

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The Museum of Package Culture presents interactive exhibits that appeal to adults and kids of all ages. Displays range from ancient techniques for storing goods, to concept packaging designed for the future. Inside, visitors can explore the evolution of items we rarely give a second thought to such as boxes, cans, and various plastics.

Exhibits discuss everything from how these items are designed, to the various marketing strategies created for these simple items. The museum also details the importance of packaging innovations such as pull tabs and zip strips. In the end, visitors gain a further understanding of how important packaging is to everyday life.

The museum also has a unique vending machine, selling several original items made from packaging materials or by packaging manufacturers, such as cardboard craft models and safety can openers, great souvenirs for the visitors.

Know Before You Go

A short walk from the Ōsaki Station on the Yamanote or Rinkai Lines. Less than a mile from Gotanda Station on the Asakusa, Yamanote, or Tokyu-Ikegami Lines. Less than a mile from Takanawa-dai Station on the Asakusa Line.


You can locate the spot on Google Maps by searching for The Museum of Package Culture. Free entry, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

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