Meguro Parasitological Museum
You won't find many English translations – or tourists for that matter – at the Meguro Parasitilogical Museum, but its hundreds of jars of preserved parasite specimens, many of them spilling out of organs and dead animals, don't really require much explanation.
The world's only parasite museum aims to be an educational affair, but its value lies more in the astounding gross-out factor. If you've ever wondered what a preying mantis infected with horsehair worm looks like, or a how leeches attach themselves to the eyelids of sea turtles, this museum will provide the answers in gruesome, well-lit detail.
4-1-1, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Nearest train station: Meguro.
Ace World Luggage Museum
It could almost double as an endangered species display - from antique trunks made from antelope to zebra-skin handbags and bags made from the skins of seal, elephant, shark and even aardvark. Bizarre.
1-8-10 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Nearest train station: Asakusa
ADMT Museum of Advertising and Marketing
The permanent display features a timeline of advertising, from Edo-era woodblocks, revealing that product placement has been around some time, to today's TV ads.
Higashi-Shimbashi 1-5, Caretta Shiodome B1F. Nearest station: Shimbashi.
The Tobacco and Salt Museum
This funky museum also hosts temporary exhibitions of all kinds, from 19th century prostitutes' wigs to Mexican silverware. Well worth a visit.
Jinnan 1-16-8, Shibuya-ku, Nearest station: Shibuya
Other bizarre Tokyo museums worth a visit:
The Iris Button Museum, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Hamamachi 1-11-8
The Japanese socks Museum, 1-9-3 Midori
The Laundry Museum, 2-11-1 Shimomakuro, Ota-ku
(Sydney Morning Herald)