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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida
(4.3/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • It's not a very big museum, but it's one of those which are friendlier to english speakers. Due to it's highly interactive nature, it makes this one well worth it. 
  • Building looks like a boat. Nice overview about Japanese and Tokyo history, try to get guide or audioguide, no so much info in English. Showing Tokyo transformation from feudal to modern city. 
  • Museum in a modern building overlooking the empty (4 pillars surelevent the building in a vacuum). Dedicated to the history of Tokyo. A lot of maps, models, reconstructions (bridge of Nihonbashi, Nakamuraza theater, indoor home...), as well as objects of everyday life (ex car subaru as a 2cv for the french or fiat 500 for the Italians, the years of reconstruction after war symbols). Evocation of the earthquake of 1923 and l fire that followed, which have ravaged the city. Volunteers lead free guided tours in several languages, including in french (interesting to have a Japanese perspective on the evolution of the city over time). Admission 600 yen.
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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)