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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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  • This was the only museum I went to when I visited Tokyo for the first time. A local friend recommended it and even went with us. I got to learn a bit what it must've been like to live during the Edo p...  more »
  • Unexpectedly crowded with locals, that shows the popularity with its own people! It is well integrated with the old and the new Tokyo. We bought tickets for both the permanent and the special exhibiti...  more »
  • This extensive museum has reconstructions and three dimensional displays of Tokyo when it was know as Edo. It is beautifully done and well worth the visit early in a visit to Tokyo. The growth to a ci...  more »
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  • 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).
  • Amazing place. Super informative and interactive. Would recommend, go early so you can take your time and go through all the exhibits. Free audio guides, as well as volunteers offering guides.
  • This is one of the most comprehensive museums I have ever visited in Japan. The permanent exhibit takes you through the whole history of Edo (now Tokyo) and also offers a chronological look on technical developments in the area. We did not see any special exhibitions, however the 600 yen for an adult to visit the permanent exhibit is totally worth it. We would recommend allotting at least three hours in order to fully appreciate everything. In addition, the museum is very conveniently located near a Ryogoku subway station exit.
  • What an amazing museum! The models are so detailed and the walk through exhibits are so immersive. It really took my breath away when I first walked in and saw it all. I believe kids and adults alike will love this museum. It's not too pricey either! The special exhibition was more what I expected from a museum but it was still very interesting. Obviously the special exhibition may be different when you go.
  • Very informative. This museum presents the richness of Edo-Tokyo's history and culture in its many displays and faithful reconstructions of buildings and towns using architectural blueprints from the era. I highly recommend taking a guided tour in your native language, if possible.