Potty hard: It’s your duty to visit Tokyo’s bizarre museum of kawaii unko, or cute poop
Stars and Stripes February 3, 2023
Inside the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in the Odaiba district is a bizarre interactive museum, where visitors can take photos with kawaii unko, or cute poop.
Don’t worry, there is no actual excrement the Unko Museum, which is filled with poop art.
The Unko Museum aims to eradicate “unko hate” and create a fun, interactive space “where people from all over the world can share in their love of poop,” according to JapanTravel.com.
A guide greets guests at the museum entrance and leads them to a room with a row of different colored toilets. Guests are told to sit on the toilet of their choice and say, “unko!”
The tour guide will then take a video and photo with a guest’s phone. After the guest stands up, a colorful poop souvenir magically appears in the toilet bowl. I chose a pink toilet and my colorful unko was purple.
The guide hands each guest a wooden stick to attach to their colorful souvenir and leads them into a foyer that they may explore on their own. The foyer has a ball pit with a giant unko volcano in the middle that, after a countdown, more balls spew.
Splitting off from the foyer is the UnStagenic Area with themed rooms where guests can take social media photos. One room contains two toilets on which guests can sit and strike a pose. The Unko Mart is a colorful store with fake food and drinks. And the Princess of Poop room has an artificial unko cake, cupcakes and a tea set.
Don’t miss the room of surreal flying poop.
The UnTeractive Area has games, like one in which guests step on unko projected onto the floor. The Crappy Arcade has multiple options, including an unko matching game, an unko soccer game and unko catch, in which players control a toilet to catch unko dropping from the ceiling.
The Unko Doubutsu room was a highlight for me. It’s set up like a cat café but with 12 fluffy “unko doubutsu,” or poop animals. All the unkos have tails that wag and guests can even pet them.
Before exiting, guests are invited to write a note or draw a picture of ordinary poop in a frame shaped like a toilet seat.
Naturally, the exit is a giant toilet seat held up by Unberto, the guardian angel of the Unko Museum. Beyond that is a hallway populated by floating unko that change colors.
The Poop Factory gift shop sells items like unko rings and earrings, hats and T-shirts.
This museum is unique, quirky and cute; visitors will enjoy a crappy good time.
On the QT
Location: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Directions: A 7-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station via Exit B.
Times: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last entry at 7 p.m.; open on holidays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with last entry 8 p.m.
Costs: Price varies by date of admission; an adult ticket ranges from 1,800 yen-2,300 yen; junior high and high school students, 1,400–1,500 yen; children 4 years and up 900-1,000 yen and children 3 and under are free.
Food: May options available in the shopping mall.
Information: Online: unkomuseum.com/en/tokyo