The number of philatelists have been increasing from time to time. Each different stamp brings in a different personality. Would you want to visit a heaven of stamps in Tokyo?
There is a philatelic museum in Mejiro, Tokyo. It is a must-see attraction for philatelists, here you will find Japan’s first stamps and also the world’s first stamps. Non-collectors will be able to discover the charm of stamps might be interested to start collecting in the future!
Japanese stamps have a unique design
Common stamps used worldwide are affixed to postal items and costs a fee. You can simply put it as a substitute for money, and in particular countries the price of each stamp is depends on what is on each stamp. Celebrities, animals, sightseeing spots – what’s on there varies from country to country. It is said that most Japanese philatelists go for the picture on the stamp to build up their collection.
Mount Fuji and other popular tourist attraction stamps are very popular, but especially in Japan, you can find your favourite anime in the form of stamps. Exclusive stamps can be purchased at post offices throughout Japan and general stamps can be purchased at your closest convenience store.
In Japan, there are 26 kinds of stamps for general use. In addition, there are limited designs sold at specific areas
For general use in Japan, there are 26 kinds of stamps. If you are a collector, you might be interested to collect all of them. In addition to this general stamp, there are also stamps sold at particular areas and the image on the stamp is likely to be their main attraction of the area. Furthermore, if you want to collect the stamps by its year, you will find that there is a huge variety of stamps! There might be people who decide to give up from here, but some are interested in to challenge themselves.
Limited edition stamps for special events
Among Japanese stamps, stamps that are worth a high value are the ones released when there is a special event. These special events include the marriage of royal family member and the opening of globally-recognized sport events. There are some patterns that are released only at the day of the event or for a limited number, After a few decades the prices for these can rise up to a tremendously high value. If you’re lucky, you might find limited edition stamps on sale when you visit Japan. If you are interested, make a stop at the post office during your trip. Stamps issued only at a limited period of time also makes a good souvenir.
A museum especially for philatelists
Are you interested in philately? Visit the philatelic museum in Mejiro, Tokyo.
This museum is established by a Japanese philatelist and about 40,000 enthusiasts once gathered at his philatelic exhibition in China. Stamps from all around the world and collector’s items are exhibited at the museum.
This museum is located at Mejiro. Mejiro station is near Ikebukuro, it is only a 2 minute train ride via JR Yamanote line. Admission fee for the stamp museum is only 200 yen!
350,000 stamps are on display
In this philatelic museum, 350,000 kinds of stamps are on display. These are not only Japanese stamps, but also stamps from countries all over the world. It is said that there are around 500,000-600,000 stamps worldwide, so more than half of the stamps are on display at this museum. You might be able to find stamps from your country, including the world’s first stamps issued in the UK among the collections here!
You can purchase stamps from other countries as well
At the museum, you can purchase stamps from different countries as well as Japanese stamps. You can get stamps that are not available elsewhere just yet unless you visit the museum. Stamps for June 2017 are scheduled to end their orders soon, so hurry up!
Go on an adventure in the world of stamps
Mejiro is not as crowded compared to other areas along the Yamanote line. Even those who are not as interested in stamps just yet, if you visit this museum, your view on stamps might change!