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Shitamachi Museum, Taito

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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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  • This small museum is easy to access as it is within walking distance of Ueno station. It gives a glimpse into life of the past of urban Tokyo in the early 2oth century. One floor is set up as a recons...  more »
  • 两层展厅加起来不过300平米面积,一层是昭和时代的上野平民街区复原,有一家小卖部一家鞋店,其有趣在你可以进屋翻箱倒柜,都装着过去的物件。二楼讲述东京从明治,大正到昭和的地图演化,还有些昭和时代儿童的玩具,复古咖啡馆和钱汤玄关。会让来访日本老人怀念20世纪初的那种昂扬蓬勃,作为外国人也颇为动心。  more »
  • Small museum discovered thanks to the extremely interesting rough guide. First to the ground retzde they set up various houses of artisans, merchants and other time of Shitamachi district. You can by removing your shoes get into all the homes and parts. On the 1st floor exhibition full of objects and photos of the time, among other various toys that you can play and try to understand how they work. Very interesting and so interactive.
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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.