Japan Museums: Tobacco and Salt Museum Tokyo
Tobacco and Salt Museum Tokyo たばこと塩の博物館
The Tobacco and Salt Museum is located across from the Tobu Hotel not far from Shibuya Station.
The Tobacco and Salt Museum takes an interesting look at the various uses of tobacco and salt throughout history, both of which were government monopolies in Japan until recently.
Cigarette packets, cartons, pipes, cigars, rope tobacco and other smoking paraphernalia from around the globe are on display along with special exhibitions on a variety of themes including the museums own ukiyo-e collection.
The first floor of the museum includes the cafe C'est Bon Plage, the museum shop and an audio visual hall. The next two floors are dedicated to the origins of smoking, the spread of tobacco and the history of how tobacco came to Japan from the Americas brought by western merchants, the subsequent history of tobacco in Japan and the rest of the world. The fourth floor is dedicated to salt both in Japan and other countries: salt production, salt formation, and salt production in both ancient and modern Japan.
© Tobacco and Salt Museum; Tobacco & Salt Museum entrance
© Tobacco and Salt Museum; World Tobacco Collections
Admission is 100 yen for adults, 50 yen for students.
Tobacco and Salt Museum (in Japanese and English)
Hours: 10am to 6pm; Closed Mondays.
Tel: 03 3476 2041
Access to the Tobacco and Salt Museum Tokyo
Hachiko Ticket Gate Exit, Shibuya Stn, JR Yamanote Line
Hachiko Ticket Gate Exit, Shibuya Stn, Keio Inokashira Line
Exit 6-2, Shibuya Stn, Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line
Exit 6-2, Shibuya Stn, Fukutoshin Subway Line
Exit 6-2, Shibuya Stn, Ginza Subway Line
© Tobacco and Salt Museum; Edo Period (1603-1867) tobacco shop
© Tobacco and Salt Museum; Salt from around the world