The NHK Museum of Broadcasting takes you on a journey through Japanese broadcasting history. Four floors house over 27,000 items of broadcasting equipment, highlighting the advancement from radio and television through to modern-day digital broadcasting. You can even get in front of the cameras.
Admission to the museum is free.
The museum's program library has 8,000 of NHK’s popular programs you can view
NHK was founded in 1924 primarily as a radio broadcasting company
The museum is easily accessible by train or taxi.
The museum is conveniently close to Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya Line, Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line and Onarimon Station on the Mita Line. It's also a short walk from JR Shimbashi Station.
The museum is jam-packed with retro cameras and microphones as well as mock-up living rooms where Japanese families of a very different generation would crowd around the TV.
The second floor of the museum has a theater where you can watch 8K (extremely high resolution) videos on a huge screen. You can also wander into NHK sets to experience life in front of the cameras in the "Broadcast Experience Studio,” and see how a “blue screen” works. This is especially fun for kids, who can become a news announcer or weather forecaster.
You can explore the treasure trove of the on-demand video library, which stores around 8,000 NHK-produced programs, and the reference library is full of broadcasting-related literature and information.