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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Edo-Tokyo Museum and other Tokyo attractions using our handy Tokyo trip planning website.
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  • This is a very well planed museum that covers the history of Tokyo from the days it was once a sleepy village called Edo till the modern day megacity we know today. The building itself is a...  more »
  • Museum in a bit strange modern building turned out to be one of the highlights of our Tokyo visit. It houses several life size models of Edo period bridges, houses, ships, etc. as well as fantastic...  more »
  • Loved it as we have learned history & hands on stuff interesting to see samurai life& after war period buildings Upstairs we had lunch ,it was yum &quite & spacious ,good for my little child  more »
  • Lots of fun! You start from the top floor which has architecture models and maps about Tokyo's history. Limited English information makes this floor harder to appreciate. Do don't linger too long and head downstairs where the real fun begins! Tons of interesting reconstruction of different aspects of Tokyo life through different historical periods. Also fun interactive displays. This is one of the lesser known museums in Tokyo but I definitely recommend it!
  • Simply marvellous. A must go for any visit longer than three days. Typical attention to detail, highly accessible for non-Japanese, very wide viewing areas, and friendly free guides (thanks Mr. Hagihara!). The restaurant is convenient if a little pedestrian. Must see. Leave at least two hours.
  • Incredible array of attractions, with information provided in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. There were several Dutch-speaking tourists, who were able to get audio-guides as well as tour-guides. The museum doesn't just cater to pre-war Japan, it features many post-war Japan sections that was very interesting to see. The museum is very large and I would recommend spending a whole day to get the most out of it, though if you don't plan on reading everything in the museum you could get through it all in 2 hours.
  • My visit here was unforgettable, even if it's been 9 years since. The exhibits and dioramas helped me learn so much about how Tokyo was formed, and get a bit of insight about the culture and personality of Japanese people. It's, unfortunately, a bit out of the way from the typical tourist haunts - but I try to recommend to all my relatives/friends who ask.
  • This museum was a great visit. There are volunteers who will give tours, sharing and teaching about the Edo period in Japanese history. Having the guide made it possible to ask questions and get more from the experience that we would have by using a digital guide. The museum is enormous and houses some really amazing exhibits and so many historic pieces from the Japanese culture from the past 2000 years. The staff was friendly and informative; plus, the ticket prices were very very reasonable.

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