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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

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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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  • Worth the visit if you like history of Tokyo/Edo in general. Expect to stay at least 2 to 3 hours looking at the exhibits. Very cool place.  more »
  • I really glad i actually went to this museum, i learned a lot about edo period and how it evolved to modern Tokyo. I found the guided tour is very good and i could get more out of it. If you love hist...  more »
  • We have been to Tokyo 3 times but this is the first time we heard about this museum and we are glad that we found it. From the outside, you'd never guess what is housed inside. In the cavernous space ...  more »
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  • Very impressive museum with lots of ancient Japan historic exhibition. Very unique long and high escalator straight up to the 6th floor.They provide the translation device under a deposit which can claim back, easier for us to understand in depth of the story behind. Very caring place as they even provide free drinking fountain to public inside the museum. I spend 4 hours inside the museum but still have not finished the museum exploration.
  • A well done English audio- guide, very detailed and beautiful statues (and buildings etc.) and a good general concept make for a great visit, especially compared to what I experienced in Osaka. Add the great architecture of the building and you have 5 stars for a reason. Have fun
  • Great museum. Provides a good overview of the history of Tokyo from 1603. Get the guide, it is free and available in English, my guide was through and spent about 2.5 hours detailing everything and answering questions. It is available in English, which is what I needed.
  • I love this museum.. but I not please.. I've been there for just a little time.. I have to go there again.. I wish, someday I be there again.. Aamiin..
  • Incredible museum. The Edo part is wonderful. I am less sensible to the Tokyo part. It takes a lot of time to visit everything (3hours without rushing). The best part is that there are little live presentations now and then, with little automated dolls and humans speakers. And you can take pictures (without flash).

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