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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
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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Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The first thing that struck me about the Edo-Tokyo Museum was the building’s design. It’s a giant structure supported by four pillars, and to enter the museum, you have to go under it and ride up an escalator in a tube. The museum itself isn’t half-bad, either. Its exhibits are divided in half between Tokyo and Japan’s older and modern... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Next to the sumo stadium, this excellent museum is well worth the visit. We focused on the excellent Ghibli exibition, so well done! The permanent exibition is gorgeus as well but we were too tired to fully enjoy it. Plan ahead and get there with plenty of time and rested, this place deserv it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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47 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

¥600 per adult to get in. Open from 0930 to 1730 and closed Monday. Train Station is Ryogoku E12 on the Oedo Line. Exit A4 turn left on the street and the stairs to enhance is about 50 metres away. Very easy to get to. Walking up the stairs you reach the third level where you can buy your ticket.... More

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Perth, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very educational for those who want to understand japan culture from way back. Their displays or artefact are very interesting. Kids love the maps, old items from before which they haven't seen today. There are also performances inside from Japanese traditional dancers

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Italy
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Amazing museum describing the origin of Tokyo as the imperial city, first, and Capital city of Japan then (from Edo to Tokyo, in fact). The museum offers a free guided tour service, which everyone should choose to attend. Guides are Japanese/English-speaking professionals, extremely well prepared on the content and history of the Museum itself. Guided tours can be arranged as... More

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Georgetown, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I enjoyed this museum a lot - there was a replica of a kabuki theatre, and there were many interesting artifacts from the Edo-Tokyo period all the way up to modern day. The layout was great and was a timeline up to the upcoming Olympics memorabilia. This is definitely a good choice for a museum while you are in Tokyo!

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Camarillo, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went by myself to this museum. It was more difficult than I expected to understand all of the exhibits. The free English speaking guides were not available when I was there. So, I checked out a set of headphones. Unfortunately, English explanations of exhibits were available for only a handful of the permanent exhibits and none of the special... More

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Pennabilli, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great museum to learn about the history of Tokyo.However, it is only two floors. There do have special exhibitions - which really attract people to come, but this special exhibition costs extra.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a really special, wonderful museum of Tokyo's history from its early days as Edo to current times. Unlike many history museums which can be staid and boring, this one really brings the history to life through use of artifacts, recreations, films, etc all laid out in a very interesting manner. Highly recommended. The museum is right near the... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This Edo Tokyo Museum is my first stop in Tokyo.. I don't have high expectation and yet, I was surprised by packed content inside the building. The museum is filled with a lot of character miniatures and beautiful building replicas.. When you entered the museum, you will go to the top level (6th floor), then you'll be greeted with the... More

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