Meguro Parasitological Museum


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This unusual venture was opened in 1953 by Kamegai Satoru, a doctor whose practice was overwhelmed by patients afflicted by parasites (caused by the poor sanitary conditions that were widespread in post-war Japan). The museum displays some 300 samples of 45,000 parasites he collected, 20 of which were discovered by his foundation. The second floor has a display of an 8.8m (29ft) tapeworm taken from the body of a 40-year-old man, with a ribbon next to it showing you just how long 8.8m really is. Ugh. The shop sells parasites preserved in plastic keyrings: ideal gifts for your nearest and dearest.

Tokyo City Guide (Edition 5)



4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku

Transport Meguro Station (Yamanote line), west exit

Telephone 03 3716 1264

Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm / closed Mon (except for pub. holidays)

Admission Free


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