The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館, Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) is a historical museum located at 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo in the Ryogoku district. The museum opened in March 1993 to preserve Edo's cultural heritage, and features city models of Edo and Tokyo between 1590 (just prior to the Edo period beginning) and 1964. It was the first museum built dedicated to the history of Tokyo. Some main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo; scale models of towns and buildings across the Edo Meiji, and Showa periods; and the Nakamuraza theatre.
A really nice museum to start your time in Tokyo with. It really explains how the city that you are currently in was created, and how it changed, due to natural disaster's, war, and Western influences. The Kabuki theatre replica is stunning, and the audio tour is a must do. Little panoramas are super detailed and worth your time. The part that explains how Tokyo changed after it was influenced by the West is especially interesting, including how Tokyo school lunches evolved! Try and do this early in your trip if you are a tourist.
Best museum I have ever been to in Japan. The way the museum was designed was brilliant and the whole layout was neatly arranged to really show the public how modern Japan evolved before and after WW2. The English volunteers are all very knowledgeable and kind.
I greatly enjoyed it. We had an English speaking guide, who was provided by the museum for free, which made all difference. Others in my group found it boring, but for me it was great. The history of Tokyo conveniently on display in one big museum.
This is a great museum. Plan enough time for your visit, so you can relax and really see it. It is worth it.
It is amazing, if you are heading to Tokyo, this is a MUST!!!!! It shows what Japan used to be like, and has lots of interactive and fun spots for the kids. Very informative!
My second visit in 2017 was not as much surprise as I had seen back to 2002, the sections have been relocated, but this is still a good place to learn and understand the Edo history.
This was a wonderful experience as it covered the culture from the early Edo times right up until now. The displays cater for all visitors - young and old - with notes in a number of languages. Volunteers also provide a free guide service. Access is easy as it is right beside both JR trains and the Metro. Cost is minimal and reduced for those over 65. Definitely worth a visit and allow at least two hours if not more.
Great museum showing history of Japan and Tokyo. Quite nice place to start your visit in this city. Museum have a lot of interactive things to play with and models that move and change setup over time. It's really nice for children and adults. To go through while exhibition takes quite a while since prepared.
Really cool looking from the outside, had lots of things to see once inside. Lots of miniature settings as well as real life artifacts. Once i explored most of it i had a really delicious lunch at the restaurant on the top floor.
Interesting place to learn about the Edo period in Japanese history. I had hoped to see more on the older period, but what's there is very interesting. The stuff on the late period is really interesting. If you're interested in the Edo period (or have read Shogun), you should visit.
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.
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.
Cool museum, very comprehensive, visual exhibit with either mp3 guide or you can enjoy the tour with one of the local volunteers who will show you the place, who can speak number of world languages. We enjoyed our visit very much as we were so lucky our guide took us into the museums Kabuki theatre to try out different music instruments. We are very thankful and we will remember this for a very long time.
It wasn't my choice to visit this museum and although I generally enjoy museums I must admit I didn't see much appeal in this one before hand. Oh how wrong I was. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here and found it very interesting. Visiting from and growing up in England I had very little knowledge on the history of Japan, this museum provided a vast insight into life during the Edo period. Unfortunately we didn't have a full day so had to rush around the Tokyo side of the hall, but that's a good excuse to return again.
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.
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.
Great place to gather a deep understanding of Tokyo. Being from the US, it was interesting to see how history was told from the other side. Regardless, a great learning oppertunity. The place is fantastic and really impressed me. It's roughly about 6 bux...money well spent. I would advise for one to take advantage of a guide but I believe they also have the headphone thing where you can listen to the story at each exhibit. It's on of those must do things while in Tokyo.. at the very least when someone asks you about Tokyo, you'll have stories for days.... Enjoy
From time to time, I have murmured to speak out in English or in Japanese in front of entrance or ticket box. I usually speak in English first and speak in Japanese. It’s better not to receive any unnecessary questions or requests. I got several questions from ticket seller about discount card and so on. I do not want any discount nor free ticket. I regret speaking in Japanese. Well, I’m not sure whether you agree or not but it’s convenient that you speak in English in entrance of museums or parks in stead of Japanese.
Great museum covering a famous time in Japanese history (Samurai and lords and ninjas). I definitely suggest getting a free guide in your language, they offer a lot of information that isn't written anywhere and can answer any questions. I suggest about 2-3 hours here. There a shows that present traditional dances and arts of the Edo period. The first floor was closed for construction when I went (July 2018) and not sure when it will be finished.
Such a great museum! Spent 2 hours there until it closed, it wasn't enough time... We would have needed at least 3 hours. Good English explanations. Great displays.