Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

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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. A visit to Edo-Tokyo Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tokyo vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The architecture of this museum is amazing. A huge building resembling a resting on stilts pagoda roof. Get into the Museum by escalators and we start the tour at the top. In this Museum of many models and life-size reconstructions. It is very impressive. The Museum is divided into two. A part is dedicated to the city of Edo, Tokyo's former No. And the other half is dedicated to the more contemporary part from the 19th century. The visit is very nice. Especially we have a volunteer guide. She made us benefit from his knowledge and has helped us better understand the history of Tokyo.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The museum itself is amazing in that there are reproductions of buildings, structures of Edo period in Japanese history. Our volunteer tour guide gave us a personal (family of four) 2 1/2 hour exceedi...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I visited with my family. I went in and want to go to there have been requests for children. Very impressive exhibitions without prior knowledge of what I heard, but in time was that went quickly. Junior high school students is of course in elementary school can have interesting exhibits and explanations, that adults like me know about Edo all over again. You could feel closer to life in the Edo period are divided into various categories. There were many individuals with free guides, could we not ask. If you can get plenty of time to ask the guides than I can enjoy it. During the Edo period as well, and exhibitions on contemporary Tokyo, here a Showa generation has a lot of good things, good.
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  • July 6, 2017
    Very impressive museum with lots of ancient Japan historic exhibition. Very unique long and high escalator straight up to the 6th floor.They provide the translation device under a deposit which can claim back, easier for us to understand in depth of the story behind. Very caring place as they even provide free drinking fountain to public inside the museum. I spend 4 hours inside the museum but still have not finished the museum exploration.
  • June 29, 2017
    A well done English audio- guide, very detailed and beautiful statues (and buildings etc.) and a good general concept make for a great visit, especially compared to what I experienced in Osaka. Add the great architecture of the building and you have 5 stars for a reason. Have fun
  • July 11, 2017
    Great museum. Provides a good overview of the history of Tokyo from 1603. Get the guide, it is free and available in English, my guide was through and spent about 2.5 hours detailing everything and answering questions. It is available in English, which is what I needed.
  • July 11, 2017
    I love this museum.. but I not please.. I've been there for just a little time.. I have to go there again.. I wish, someday I be there again.. Aamiin..
  • May 27, 2017
    Incredible museum. The Edo part is wonderful. I am less sensible to the Tokyo part. It takes a lot of time to visit everything (3hours without rushing). The best part is that there are little live presentations now and then, with little automated dolls and humans speakers. And you can take pictures (without flash).

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