The Philatelic Museum in Tokyo is one of the rare museums in Japan, and visitors can discover the fun and charm of postal stamps from all over the world.
The Philatelic Museum is a three-minute walk from the JR Mejiro Station on the Yamanote Line. It is located across from the Gakushuin University campus. In 1988, an internationally reputed stamp collector, Mizuhara Meiso, established the foundation of the museum's managing body. In addition to archiving and researching postal stamps and their related documents, this organization opened a philatelic museum, a rare museum in Japan, in order to contribute to the promotion and development of a philatelic culture in Japan. It has a collection of about 350,000 kinds of stamps from all over the world and about 15,000 types of envelopes. In the display room on the first floor, exhibitions are regularly held in various themes every 3 months. The library on the second floor houses about 10,000 books on the subject of philately and about 1,500 titles of magazines and auction journals. At the museum shop on the first floor (free entry), a variety of items, such as stamps of Japan and other countries, stamp albums, and newly published books about stamps, are for sale.