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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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Okeechobee, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic museum for me and my son. It is right around the corner from where the sumo fights are held. Made a go place to visit while we waited for the sumo fights to begin. Lots of history on the beginnings of Tokyo from the city of Edo.

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Salisbury, Wiltshire
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is a must see for any visit to Tokyo. It gives great insight into the history and culture of the country. I thought it brought back the past to life. I recommend booking a guide. We had a lovely English speaking Japanese lady who explained the exhibits to us and answered our numerous questions. It made a huge... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

For history buffs and anyone interested in the history of modern Japan, this is a great museum. I really wished that this had existed when I lived in Japan 25 years ago, as it explained so much that I didn't understand then. This is more of a modern museum with plenty of life-size reconstructions and dioramas taking visitors through the... More

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Sheffield
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Firstly, I would definitely recommend getting an audio guide- they don't cost anything other than a returnable deposit, and although they basically tell you what is written on the stands, it means you can peruse at your leisure. There are also some foreign language tours, which we were unable to attend as we were at the mercy of an 18... More

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Mohegan Lake, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Edo Museum is a large building that has only two floors of exhibitions illustrating some of the history of Tokyo. Some of the exhibits are large reproductions that are grand on nature, while others require a lot of reading. Overall, it's a decent place to spend two hours on a rainy Tokyo day but it definitely is not a... More

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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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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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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58 helpful votes 58 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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31 helpful votes 31 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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