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江戸東京博物館Edo-Tokyo Museum

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
  • Things To Do

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  • Price RangeAdults 600 (JPY)
    Seniors 300 (JPY)
    Students 300~480 (JPY)
    Children free
  • ClosedMonday, Year-End and New Year Holidays

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Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
1-4-1 Yokoami, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
Opening Hours
[Mon-Fri,Sun]9:30-17:30, [Sat]9:30-19:30
Monday, Year-End and New Year Holidays
Price Range
Adults 600 (JPY)
Seniors 300 (JPY)
Students 300~480 (JPY)
Children free
Date of post:2015/04/23

The best museum to understand Japanese history visually

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If you would like to learn Japanese history, but you don't want to read a book, I really recommend visiting Edo-Tokyo Museum. Edo is the former name of Tokyo until 1867 governed by Shogun. This museum shows the history of both feudal time and modern Japan after named as Tokyo in 1868 using a lot of models and folding screen paintings. So, you will understand how the city was like visually. Entrance fee is ¥600 (JPY). Closed on Monday.

They reproduce old shopping street, old houses, suites of armor, money, utensils for fishing and fire-fighting, palanquin, theater, book shop, woodblock printing, etc. You can feel the life of both Samurai worriers and common people.

You can take photos and touch some items. For example, you can ride on the palanquin and take a picture. So, this museum seems like an amusement park.

Next to the museum is Kokugikan, Sumo tournament hall and it has a small Sumo Museum where you can visit for free. The Sumo tournament is held only 45 days a year here, but you can feel the atmosphere by seeing the big mural painting depicting Sumo match. So I recommend you visit this hall too, if you go to Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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