If you are looking for something fun and unique to experience in Japan – you are in luck! A new pop-up museum exhibit is now open in Yokohama that’s all about – Unko! What is unko, you ask? Well it’s poop! 🙂 Yes, a whole museum dedicated to poop! Sound interesting? Here’s a little bit about my experience so you know what to expect!
The Unko Museum is located in the Asobuild building, which is about a five minute walk from the Yokohama train station. The Asobuild building itself is super artsy and also has a few other exhibits to check out.
You have the option of purchasing your tickets online or in person. If you purchase on the website, you will have to create a membership account (the website is in Japanese so you will have to use a translating browser). We went during the week in the morning around opening hours and were able to go right in with no wait. If you go on a weekend or holiday, I would recommend to get tickets ahead of time so you are guaranteed an entry. Tickets cost between 1600-1700 yen for adults, 900 yen for school-aged kids, and free for small children. And the fun begins as soon as you walk in!
You are immediately greeted by energetic employees and asked to sit on colorful toilets. After a flushing sound, you stand up to get your very own colored unko (hello, swag)! Another person then puts it on a stick for you and you are directed to one of the photo prop areas.
There’s a light up game you can play; another game where you yell “Unko!” as loud as you can; and a couple of other digital type games.
There’s also an “Unko for Lovers” area as well as a “Dessert Unko” table!
Then you can move on to an area where you make your own “Unko Art” and take a look at popular “Poop” products that are sold around the world.
After that, you can hang out at some unko shaped tables and relax while the kids play in the “Unko Ball Pit”.
And don’t miss the “Unko Shower” that happens every few minutes! The giant Unko will countdown and then explode tiny unko! You can also learn how to make the Unko sign with your hands!
All of the staff were super friendly and available for taking your photos – or even bombing them if you wish! They were super silly and helpful and interacted with all the kids!
Once you’re “pooped out” from all the fun, grab a baggie for unko and head towards the gift shop for some fun unko souvenirs!
Overall thoughts about the museum:
It’s pretty small – you can get through the whole thing in about an hour. So maybe plan something else to do to fill your day unless you’re just passing through.
There’s no food or snacks allowed – make sure you eat before or hit up the café in the Asobuild building or some restaurants in the nearby mall.
It’s organized – in true Japanese fashion – everything is orderly, methodical, and well-staffed.
Lots of photo ops – the whole museum is one big opportunity to take Instagram photos so make sure you are selfie-ready!
Kid-friendly – I saw lots of kids, but several adults as well so it’s definitely family-friendly. My kids LOVED this place and have already asked if we can go back!
Sound like fun? Make sure you plan your trip soon! This is just a temporary exhibit so the unko will be “flushed away” on July 15th, 2019! 😉