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Japan's broadcasting history
The NHK museum in the Toranomon district of Tokyo is, no question, a bit dated. But don't let that stop you from seeing a wonderful collection of Japanese broadcasting artifacts — historical audio, photos, camera equipment, costumes from long-running samurai soap operas, some of the first furry mascots on Japanese TV.

My favorite display was a collection of contraptions used on old radio shows to create sound effects like horses galloping through gravel or typhoon winds whirring outside. You can play with the devices to hear the eerily realistic sounds.

Best part: the museum's free!

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. everyday except Monday
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2 Chome-1-1 Atago, 港区 Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0002, Japan
+81 3-5400-6900
Tue - Sun 9:30am - 4:30pm