Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

4.4
#2 of 385 in Museums in Tokyo
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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  • By the time we arrived at the Edo-Tokyo museum, we were exhausted. Still suffering from jet lag on our first day after a 12-hour flight, we were about ready for a nap. Much to our chagrin, our private...  more »
  • During the week I went around noon. Ryogoku station immediately is a big Museum. Many elementary school students tour near the summer vacation for you. Is the bridge and building powerful and life at that time and thanks for showing in Visual and data, is very interesting. Please guide next time, like around url\n.
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  • Edo is the original name of Tokyo and this museum covered all of its history up to today with Japan's success of making excellent cars. We especially were interested in its version of WW II and it did...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum about Tokyo's past history and how it's changed and transitioned into the modern metropolis it is today. Also a lot of cultural change is put in context. There are a lot of fun and interesting exhibitions that both children and adults will find rewarding. The staff are friendly and polite and the museum is clean and tidy. Texts on exhibit descriptions are in both English and Japanese. I can heartily recommend this museum for anyone who's interested both in Japanese culture and history in general.
  • Very interesting museum about the history of Tokyo. There are amazing reproduction of daily life at different period of times which were very beautiful. However, it is mostly in Japanese but the main ideas are in English. I still enjoyed my time there
  • Excellent! Amazing value for money at only 600 yen per adult- if you like history you should leave a good 4 or 5 hours to see and read all the exhibits. You can feel the age of the building and displays but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment. 95% of the displays are in English, but I recommend getting a guided tour (I think they’re free) if you don’t know much about Japanese history, as there isn’t any background explanation about the eras/people etc.
  • Lots to see here. Get the audio guide. I gave up reading after doing half of the top floor. They have a great selection of scale model buildings and full scale ones too. Some exhibits were like little mechanical shows. They had old Edo and modern Tokyo exhibits.
  • Absolutely gorgeous museum. It covers a lot of what I think is lost with museums around Japan, especially the castles. Life of the Edo Japanese citizens, from peasants to the Emperor; this place covers it in amazing detail, with great panoramas and reconstructions.
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