Museum of Logistics
The world of logistics comprises a wide range of facilities, equipment and people engaged in various means of transportation by land, sea, and air. Like electricity, gas, and water supply, logistics has become an essential part of industry and of our daily lives. Through countless efforts and innovations, logistics has developed as an integral part of human history.
To enhance public awareness of the field, the Museum of Logistics was opened in August 1998 with the gracious support and cooperation of Nippon Express Co., Ltd. This is the first museum in Japan dedicated to the logistics industry. With a variety of displays featuring contemporary and historical exhibits, the Museum aims to introduce the general public to the role of logistics in society. Our special focus is on providing young people with a fascinating and inspirational look at the field. To mark our 10th anniversary we renewed and enriched our permanent displays with the generous support of Nippon Express and many other companies and institutions.
The precursor of this museum was the “Historical Materials Room” established in the head office of Nippon Express in 1958. We are currently under the management of the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Riyou-Unsou Shinkoukai, and carry out museum activities in order to introduce the world of logistics to a wider audience. Our various displays offer an in-depth, multifaceted view of the basic human activity of “carrying things” and of the art and science of logistics.
Please enjoy your visit to the museum!
Our permanent displays
…tell a story of the history of goods distribution from the Edo to Showa periods (17th to 20th centuries).
…show the system of modern logistics essential to life and industry through easy-to-understand videos, quizzes, games, as well as small scale and panoramic dioramas of air, sea, railway and roadway terminals.
…offer a variety of fun and educational hands-on exhibits
10:00am to 5:00pm (visitors admitted until 4:30pm)
Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
The 4th Tuesday of each month (or the following Wednesday if the Tuesday is a national holiday)
The day that follows a national holiday
December 28th to January 4th
|Seniors (65 and older) \100|
|Elementary/junior high school students Free|
(20 people or more)
|Seniors (65 and older) \50|
※People with Physical Disability Certificate and up to two attendants: Free
The Museum of Logistics
4-7-15 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074, Japan
Tel: 03-3280-1616 ／ Fax: 03-3280-4385
|By car||Several minutes’ drive from the Meguro Ramp of Metropolitan Expressway Route 2
From Haneda Airport: Keihin Kyuko Line train to Shinagawa Station.
The Museum is 7 minutes walk from there.
|By train||7 minutes walk from Shinagawa Station on JR/Keihin Kyuko Lines or from Takanawadai Station on Toei Asakusa Line.|
|By bus||Take a Toei bus “Shina93” and get off at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa. The Museum is 1 minute walk from there.|
History of Logistics
Travel back in time to investigate the history of goods transportation from the 17th to the 20th centuries. View displays of historical documents and actual objects, as well as photos and replicas. Enjoy video clips on the history of logistics and try out some of the tools used to carry goods in olden times.
Historical materials and documents from the Edo period (1600-1867) post stations. Discover express messengers’ tools, domestic forwarders’ documents and interesting equipment from the Meiji period (1868-1912) and onwards.
Gallery of Modern Logistics and Hands-on Exhibits
Explore the fascinating world of modern logistics through the medium of a panoramic diorama, video clips, photos, and games. You will track the movement of goods from door-to-door delivery to global freight.
Learn about the function of logistics terminals with our highly detailed diorama depicting the flow of traffic, as well as the loading and unloading of cargo on trains, trucks, container ships, and jumbo freighters.
Try on real delivery persons’ uniforms, and enjoy jumbo logistics puzzles and other fun hands-on exhibits!
Let’s try packaging with traditional furoshiki cloth.