Nikon Museum

Nikon Museum ニコンミュージアム

The Nikon Museum in Shinagawa, Tokyo, close to Shinagawa Station, opened in 2015 and is dedicated to the history of Nikon cameras and other optical devices made by the Nikon company.

Nikon Museum is a high-tech facility befitting the exhibits on display and includes a 4K theater and a large surround theater.

The Nikon Museum is located on the second floor of Intercity Tower C.

Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Display of Nikon cameras and lenses, Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo

Nikon Museum Exhibits

The Nikon company was founded in 1917 and specialized in the production of optical lenses for cameras, binoculars, microscopes and medical inspection equipment.

After World War II, Nikon cameras became popular in the USA and the rest of the world in great part thanks to their use by American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan during the Korean War. At the time this article was written, a special exhibition on the life and work of David Douglas Duncan was being held at the museum to celebrate Nikon's centenary, including images from the Korean War and Duncan's photographs of Pablo Picasso. See what's on now at the Nikon Museum.

The Nikon Museum is divided into several sections. The Imaging section contains over 450 Nikon cameras from the earliest models to the latest digital SLR cameras. The Feature Showcase includes press cameras, binoculars and eye glasses manufactured by the company.

Also on display are examples of Nikon's industrial equipment including semiconductors, microscopes, and medical imaging devices. Nikon is also involved in the production of astronomical telescopes and has a long association with NASA.

The Lens Laboratory is a fun, hands-on introduction to the basics of lens design for both adults and children. The huge Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot, produced for manufacturing semiconductor lithographs, is a centerpiece exhibit and a symbol of the museum.

The Nikon Museum includes a museum shop and lockers for your bags as you enjoy the museum.

Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot, Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
David Douglas Duncan Exhibition, Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo

Nikon Museum Access

Nikon Museum
Shinagawa Intercity Tower C
2-15-3, Konan
Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6290
Tel: 03 6433 3900
Fax: 03 6433 3901

Hours: 10am-6pm; closed Sundays, Japanese national holidays (including national holidays on Saturdays), and other holidays determined by the museum.

Admission: Free

The Nikon Museum is a 7 minute walk from the Konan Exit of JR Shinagawa Station on the JR Yamanote Line, the Tokaido Line, Keikyu Main Line to Kawasaki, Yokohama (17 minutes) and Uraga, the Keikyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport (14 minutes), the Keihin Tohoku Line to Ueno Station and Omiya (47 minutes), the Yokosuka Line with trains to Chiba and Narita Airport, Kamakura, Yokosuka and the Narita Express rapid service to Tokyo's main international airport (67 minutes) in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. Alternatively, the museum is a 10 minute walk from Keikyu Shinagawa Station.

Nikon Museum is also within walking distance of the Museum of Marine Science, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort and the Galaxy Theater.

Hotels in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Hotels in Shinagawa include the huge Prince Hotel, and the 900+ room Hotel Pacific Tokyo both accessible from the Takanawa exit of the station. Other notable hotels in Shinagawa are the Takanawa Tobu HotelThe Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, the 4-star Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa and the budget Toyoko Inn Shinagawa Eki Takanawa-guchi Hotel.

On the Konan side of Shinagawa Station the lavish 5-star Strings By Intercontinental is recommended. Near Meiji Gakuin University and Tokai University the 4-star Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo has impressive facilities and is popular with visiting academics.

Altogether there are over 6,000 hotel rooms in the Shinagawa area.

Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo

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