What to Do: The Fire Museum

Anyone interested in fire engines will enjoy stopping in at a local fire station in Japan. Japan's narrow street require some accommodations, and so fire trucks are smaller, narrower but taller than most we see in the U.S. While fire fighters don't keep Dalmatians in Japan, most will respond to a smile and a request to take a peak.

You can also go to the Fire Museum to see fire equipment spanning a period of about 100 years, including a real helicopter. The museum is presented mostly in Japanese, but with an English pamphlet available. The nearest station is Yotsuya-sanchome Station in Shinjuku-ku on the subway's Maronouchi Line. Take Exit 2 when leaving the station. More info in Japanese only by phone at 3353-9119. Don't call 911 for information!

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