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Edo-Tokyo Museum

1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo Prefecture 130-0015, Japan
+81 3-3626-9974
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As featured in 3 days in Tokyo
Ranked #2 of 35 attractions in Sumida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history. Exhibits include replicas of an ancient Kabuki... more » Owner description: This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history. Exhibits include replicas of an ancient Kabuki theatre and the original Edo Castle. « less
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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
69 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Spent a few days in Tokyo back in 2008 as I was visiting friends while I was living in Nagoya doing the typical foreign aspect of teaching English. This was by far one of my highlights while visiting Tokyo as I didn't expect much from this museum as I had been to a lot of temples, shrines and a few... More

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Louisville, KY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As others have noted, this museum gives a good overview of Edo-Tokyo history. Wow is the history and structure complex. The museum does a good job of walking through the history up until modern day. My wife and I enjoyed the history lesson. Reason for "average" review is two: (1) there are few "original" artifacts in the museum [many items... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Shows what Tokyo would have been like in the imperial days of yore. superbly done and easy to get around in.

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San Francisco
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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The museum is organized into 2 sections - Edo Period and Tokyo's history. We took a volunteer guide tour in English through the Edo period and found it very interesting. Our guide was knowledgable and friendly. We found that what we learned helped us with the rest of our tour through Japan and its historic sites, given how important the... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is not a museum of paintings. It has wonderful models of old Tokyo (Edo) including market places, theaters, and more. There is a smaller exhibit of daily items from the 1920s and a small but interesting display on WWII that focuses exclusively on the bombing of Tokyo. Nevertheless, even if you find some museums boring, you will like this... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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148 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is an oddly shaped looking museum, where the exhibits are all located up the building. There is sufficient English exhibits and as its name suggests, the museum mainly focuses on Edo and Tokyo. Of greater interest to me were the period from the post great earthquake to the world war period segment. Overall, you can easily spend 1-2 hours... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A large, wonderful museum for adults and children alike with magnificent models of old Edo, interactive exhibits and cultural information. We were there for 3 hours and could have easily spent more time. The reproduction of Nihonbashi near the entrance is magnificent.

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Ridgefield, CT
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251 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is a large museum that is extremely well organized with information, artwork, dioramas , clothing of the times and more. One can easily spend several hours in this museum and not see it all. Many of the exhibits are interactive with explanations in both Japanese and English. The set up of the actual museum building mimics an old elevated... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

JPY600 fees, at least you need 1-2 hours there. It was ok place to go but you need to read some info in your language before going there because the show is in Japanese only. About 5mins walk from the museum there is Japanese garden which worth to visit. I love that garden most in this Tokyo trip. (Except the... More

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Richmond
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Nice place to spend 3-4 hours if you like his ory stuff. They have great reconstructions, models and actual buildings inside.lots of WWII Stuff as well. While it might not have all signs in English they have a miniature part of the city from the Edo period with individual people. They give you binoculars to look closely at it. That... More

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