Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

4.4
#1 of 372 in Museums in Tokyo
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Edo-Tokyo Museum and other Tokyo attractions using our handy Tokyo trip planning website .
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  • Museum dedicated to the history of Edo and Tokyo before then, from the founding to modern times. Focuses on the city, on the daily lives of its people and events that have touched. Full of plastic, as well as exhibits, is very large and needs about 3 hours to be visited with calm, together with a voluntary guide that you can request. Does the Guide speak English and you can ask even if you are a simple pair for free. The guides are highly trained volunteers.
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  • This museum displays the history of Tokyo in a fantastic way. There are so many exhibits that you can stay for hours observing them all. Some exhibits are interactive which is always fun. The beauty o...  more »
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  • Lots of fun! You start from the top floor which has architecture models and maps about Tokyo's history. Limited English information makes this floor harder to appreciate. Do don't linger too long and head downstairs where the real fun begins! Tons of interesting reconstruction of different aspects of Tokyo life through different historical periods. Also fun interactive displays. This is one of the lesser known museums in Tokyo but I definitely recommend it!
  • My visit here was unforgettable, even if it's been 9 years since. The exhibits and dioramas helped me learn so much about how Tokyo was formed, and get a bit of insight about the culture and personality of Japanese people. It's, unfortunately, a bit out of the way from the typical tourist haunts - but I try to recommend to all my relatives/friends who ask.
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