Shitamachi Museum, Taito

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#24 of 268 in Museums in Tokyo
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. For Shitamachi Museum and beyond, use our Tokyo online visit planner to get the most from your Tokyo vacation.
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  • If you are near Ueno Park and looking for an hour long activity, the museum is an option but I would not place it on a "must see" list. It is a small museum with reproductions of Shitamachi buildings ...  more »
  • This small museum, tucked next to the lovely lotus pond in Ueno, will take about an hour to experience and nit expensive. There are replica shop houses and interesting information on the area over the...  more »
  • Smallest museum that I have visited, but my sons loved it as there were many games/activities that were setup that children/teenagers could actually touch and play. I would recommend this museum for f...  more »
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  • Tiny,but well organized display items. It might help foreign visitors understanding of Japanese ordinary people's way of life of early modern era. It seems staffs are volunteers basically...but seem speak English fair enough.
  • Amazing visit, a lot of explanations in english, the FREE guide was really really sweet. Maybe small but worth the price and the visit as well, go upstairs !!
  • Small, hands-on museum dealing with working class and merchant class life in the shitamachi. The English goodwill guide is wonderful.
  • one of my favorite place in ueno to see how old Tokyo life was. it is a small museum but it contains a lot of information about how the people lived and how Tokyo grew in the last century. skip the slide show it is all in Japanese.
  • Great little museum to learn about the history of the general area. There's a small fee to enter, they have a display of old games for kids to interact with, the only downside is the historical displays are mostly in Japanese but you can get an English guided tour

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