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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

(4.3/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
See how Japanese capital evolved into a global city at Edo-Tokyo Museum, filled with artifacts, exhibits, and models documenting the urban center's growth since the ancient times. Marvel at dioramas depicting the lives of samurai, explore replicas of Tokyo's 19th-century streets, and admire ornate kimonos as you follow the transformation of the city from a medieval hub to a high-tech metropolis. Don't miss the full-sized recreation of the Nihonbashi Bridge, the main entryway into historic Edo of the Tokugawa period. Grab a free audio guide to get more info about the displays inside the museum. Most exhibits feature English-language descriptions and signage, which makes tours all the more pleasant and rewarding. Check the website for information about temporary exhibits and special events. A visit to Edo-Tokyo Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tokyo vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • If you are into history of Japan, how it has transformed/developed this is a must go play. Try sparing a day to explore around. When we were there on ground level there were live Japanese instruments ...  more »
  • For the first time visited Tokyo Edo Museum. Guide to ask at the reception desk on the 6th floor with English-speaking foreigners who show in Japan, the Japanese who can see each detail with. Did I have time, please do not seem unrelated to the number of the guide in the person's person with many bathroom. Guide it is young who speaks fluent English and seems different, such as senior citizens. Surprise when saw the building in the building also exhibits the building is larger than I had imagined. Enough of Tokyo where so many who do not know, but history of the Edo 復習i quick and I think will be very good. There was a new discovery. Ryogoku Kokugikan immediately next to the location easy to understand. Try there was Museum of popular art and Museum ranking top on some TV channels recently and was pleasant. This is the place you want to recommend to friends abroad.
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  • From JR Ryogoku station soon. Located next to the National Museum. Escalator, up at once. 5, 6th floor permanent exhibition hall. Clarity of Edo period of Tokyo since the Edo period, are displayed. Admission 600 yen, closed on Monday.
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  • This museum is a gem. We visited it twice. Once on our own to get a feel for what was available and then again with a guide. If you have any interest in the history of Tokyo, you must visit this wonderful museum. On the weekends there is entertainment (in Japanese) but you will get the idea. It is a place where people from Japan go to learn about their history and to be entertained.
  • Very English friendly yet doesn't skimp out on details like some bilingual museum explanations do. Lots of cultural and geographic bits of knowledge alongside historical context. Child friendly interactive exhibits like fake food stalls, antique telephone booth, carriages keep it fresh for chosen as well as live performances. Baby room amenities exist but limited. On site restaurant passable but other local restaurants have better quality food for the price point. Temporary exhibits always absolutely crowded due to engaging content.
  • Pretty decent. I was just a bit disappointed with the information board placed inside as the English translation only gave a summary. Be sure to get your audio guide before going up to the 3rd floor. If you forget it, don't worry you can always go back downstairs to get it and enter the museum again. It will just waste a tad bit of time as the museum is on the 6th floor. You are allowed to take pictures inside, I would recommend maybe 2-3 hours to fully enjoy the museum. They also accept credit card in form of payment here. Hope this helps! :)
  • Well designed museum with lots to see despite the permanent exhibition being only two floors. Impressive entrance to the exhibition. Very intricate models that "come to life" at specific times past the hour. Interactive elements provide many photo-taking opportunities. English description is detailed but there is often even more information in Japanese - could be interesting to go with a guide that knows Japanese.
  • Interesting and very large museum. Did not go through the special exhibit, but had a blast in the regular. Some interactive displays, many models, and a large collection of antiques. Exceptional museum of the period of Japan most Westerners are familiar with. (Nothing on Matsuo Basho, but still a great place to visit for a few hours)