Welcome to the creepy corner, where I try to find the Worlds Weirdest places. If it’s gross, weird, or downright disgusting, I’ll probably have to experience it.
And What’s more creepy than a room full of parasites?
Meguro Parasitological Museum
In case you needed another reason to visit: this place is free of charge. Tokyo’s Parasite Museum is 2 full floors of frankenstein-esque glass jars full of parasites, ranging from pin-sized to room-sized. The museum is full of displays on how you actually contract these buggers into your systems, with examples including mad cow disease, malaria, and blastocytosis (you have to eat food containing the feces of an infected human or animal to get this one…..).
They even have a decapitated sea turtle head to display an organism that devoured the creatures brain.
Have you ever seen heart worm? It’s thoroughly disgusting. Not as bad as the encapsulated mouse this museum had with its entire stomach out in the open. But by far one of the coolest exhibits was the 8.8 meter long tape worm!!! (They had a rope piece adjacent to the real worm to play with. So of course, I did)
Probably one of the most entertaining parts of visiting this creep-tastic museum was howÂ hot it was on the inside. It seriously felt like I was heading down to Dante’s Inferno. As if the jars full of animal heads didn’t make you queasy enough, the heat inside this little venueÂ surely would. Maybe it’s to keep the actual weirdos from staying too long? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely glad I stopped in for a peek.
Access the Parasite Museum
If you are interested in checking it out yourself, here is the website to Meguro’s Parasitic Museum. As I said earlier, the Parasite Museum isÂ free of charge, open most days except Mondays (most governmental buildings are closed Mondays in Tokyo), and fairly close to some of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Hubs (just 10 min away from Shinjuku by train)
Here is the address:Â 4-1-1, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064
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