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Shitamachi Museum, Taito
(4/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Shitamachi Museum depicts life on the flatlands, highlighting Tokyo's working class. Learn how craftsmen, merchants, and fishermen lived and produced goods from the 17th century (Edo period) to modern times. The first floor features a life-size replica of classic old Edo street with houses and adjacent shops equipped with the original furniture. Climb to the second floor to find old photographs and authentic children's toys you can play with. Ask for an English speaking guide to show you around. Make Shitamachi Museum a centerpiece of your Tokyo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker.
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  • I really liked the ground floor that sets you back in time. The guide walked me trough.. Its very cheap entry fees so I would recommend visiting if you are around the area.. 
  • Lovely little museum, very interesting when seen with a tour guide who showed things we would have missed ( eg the clever use of storage space in the tiny living area) and explained a lot about Japan ...  more »
  • We visited this museum because it is free for holders of the Pass "Grutto". In 15 minutes, the visit is made because floor lips is the reconstitution of the workshops in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20 th century. Visitors are invited to get in a situation, it can be fun with as children. The staff is very accommodating and a volunteer will even accompany you to explain in English different stalls. Don't spend 300 yen except personal interest strong.
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  • Interesting to see the old houses from the early 20th century, but 30-60minutes is ok to look around. The old male English guide was terrible. He made a short, hurried explanation for Asian English speakers only on the 1st floor, but for Western English speakers he even went out his way upstairs. How funny! I had a talk about this kind of bizarre behavior with two Danish tourists. Strong to the weak, and weak to the strong! Thank him for the nice lesson!!
  • Fascinating little museum, well worth the low entry price. Definitely make a quick stop if you're in the park. There are a bunch of very fun, old children's toys and the reproduction of a blacksmith and candy shop are an interesting look into Japan 100 years ago.
  • Atmospheric, nostalgic, cute little museum about local history. Quite interesting. Friendly staff, free tourguide and low entrance-fee.
  • If you're near ueno and interested by how Japanese was leaving in Japan during the beginning of the 20th. It's a MUST SEE. The English guide that i've met was very good and it was very nice to ask her questions about many things. As it's not time consuming and expensive, enjoy it!
  • Nice little museum. You can get a good feeling of what old Tokyo was like. Cheap and free English tours from the staff.