Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida

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#2 of 385 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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  • By the time we arrived at the Edo-Tokyo museum, we were exhausted. Still suffering from jet lag on our first day after a 12-hour flight, we were about ready for a nap. Much to our chagrin, our private...  more »
  • During the week I went around noon. Ryogoku station immediately is a big Museum. Many elementary school students tour near the summer vacation for you. Is the bridge and building powerful and life at that time and thanks for showing in Visual and data, is very interesting. Please guide next time, like around url\n.
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  • Edo is the original name of Tokyo and this museum covered all of its history up to today with Japan's success of making excellent cars. We especially were interested in its version of WW II and it did...  more »
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  • We came here immediately following a morning at the Imperial Palace grounds. I recommend doing the exact same thing. After standing in the old fortifications and gardens that morning, you get to learn about their history in depth at the museum later on. It really adds to the experience of both locations. The museum has most exhibits in Japanese with English text beside it. Some even have a tablet with about 10 other languages to choose from. My only qualm with the whole place was the heat and the rest of the exhibits. It was about 75-78 degrees inside, which was a little warmer than outside. A little stuffy. Also, most of the exhibits were well-described in English, however some large displays and maps were only in Japanese. It would be nice for those to be labeled like the rest so that everything in the museum could be read. A quick fix for this is to request a language guide. They are free volunteers and all you need to do is ask for one and they will follow you around and answer any questions in your language. Unfortunately, the volunteers don’t have set working schedules so you might not get one. Overall, a great place with a wealth of good information about the city and it’s history.
  • I had a great experience during my about two hours visit to the museum. One may like to spend more time if likes to go through every exhibit in detail. With an entry ticket of only about $5 this museum provided an insight into the Japanese culture from the early Edo times till now. The exhibits are arranged aesthetically catering for all types of visitors ..local to foreigners and young to old. One may also like to rent out the audio tour guide but it might take little more time. I could see few volunteers providing a free guide service in the museum.
  • This place was so cool. They rebuilt a big bridge that leads right into the amazing models and explorable structures inside. I highly recommend asking for a private tour. They have guides who speak different languages and our was fantastic. Mr. Yamamoto (I think that was his name) was so patient and informative. We learned so much about Japan's role in the world that helped us appreciate our vacation even more. The main floor has a lovely gift shop, locker storage for bags, clean bathrooms, and water fountains to wet your whistle. Great place for families - interactive with traditional houses and rooms that you can explore on your own.
  • Well managed. English speaking guide available on demand. Nice presentation of old Tokyo and Japanese culture. Must visit if you have spare time in Tokyo. Well connected by metro.
  • Last time I was in Japan I'd heard this museum was a Tokyo must-see, but since I'm not that into museums, ended up skipping it. This time I actually paid it a visit, and I agree it's a must-see indeed. It covers several centuries of Tokyo history, often with unique and interactive exhibits, and manages to effectively transport you to the time periods it's showing, making the experience feel like a true trip through time. To anyone with an interest in Japan, it's fascinating to see how it evolved (not always organically, but sometimes through unexpected twists and turn) into what it is today.
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