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Small Worlds Miniature Museum

Small Worlds blends the magic of miniatures, captivating lighting and enchanting music to evoke a sense of nostalgia and discovery.

By Chehui Peh

The largest miniature museum in Asia, Small Worlds Miniature Museum is a 7,000 square meters space of wonder on a 1:80 scale that guarantees a delightful experience for all ages, no matter the weather. On average, visitors spend about three hours exploring its captivating exhibits, due to its intricate details that bring surprises at every corner. The museum totals three floors with the main gallery on the third floor, as well as a museum cafe and gift shop onsite.

Discovery and Play

Small Worlds

Photo by: Small Worlds Miniature Museum Don’t miss the detailed miniature of the busy airport terminal.

As you enter, a mesmerizing light tunnel reflects the season and sets the tone for your journey, asking if you’re ready to embark on discovery and play. The space exploration-themed Space Center area is a visitor favorite, offering detailed recreations of the Space Shuttle Station and Apollo Space Station. There is a schedule throughout the day where the shuttles and rockets are launched, with incredibly realistic effects that bring to mind launches in history.

Moving on to the Global Village, visitors are transported to various world settings, from European steampunk aesthetics to the fantastical Dragon Village. Interactive buttons trigger surprises throughout, from moving trains to ski races and waddling ducks to a donut factory invoking your sense of smell with a waft of chocolate.

The Kansai International Airport (KIX) area is not just for aviation enthusiasts. Planes take off, land, and taxi to the gate automatically through a hidden engineering system, to recreate the experience of the busy KIX. Don’t miss the detailed miniature of the busy airport terminal, with the scene set by busy passengers pulling along their luggage and milling around the airport.

Want to Live in the Small Worlds World?

Small Worlds Miniature Museum

Photo by: Small Worlds Miniature Museum Small Worlds Miniature Museum is a place where imagination knows no bounds.

You can also opt to make your own 3D figurine here and even live in the Small Worlds world at your desired place within a given area, immortalized with the pose of your choice. Alternatively, you can also bring your own 3D figurine home, as a cool souvenir of your visit.

Check out the Creative Studio where the artisans and engineers make the magic happen, and you can have a peek behind the scenes of how they make the museum a reality. The museum changes with the seasons, so depending on when you visit, it could be an enchanting winter wonderland, Christmas and Santa Claus scenes, or cherry blossoms blooming for Spring. One might never get sick of this museum with its penchant for fun and discovery.

Small Worlds Miniature Museum is a place where imagination knows no bounds. It’s a treasure trove of surprises, an escape from reality, and a journey through time and space, all wrapped up in a delightful miniature world. Plan your visit to this captivating museum and get ready to experience the magic of miniatures in a way you’ve never seen before.

Things To Know

HOURS AND FEES

Tickets cost ¥2,700 and can be bought online at Lawson Ticket at least one day before your visit, or at the ticket machines or counters at the museum entrance. 

Tickets for those 12 to 17 years old is ¥1,900, and ¥1,500 for children between 4 to 11 years old. It is free for children under the age of 3. 

Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last entry at 6 p.m.)

How To Get There

Address

By train

The closest station is Ariake Tennis no Mori station on the Yurikamome Line. It is also accessible via the JR Rinkai Line and is a 9-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo station.

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