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Shitamachi Museum

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Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3823-7451
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Excellent connection to local history

This was a good, small museum; with the enthusiastic English language guide who happened to be volunteering it was excellent. Most of what's here is covered nearly as well at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Lakewood, Ohio
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Lakewood, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was a good, small museum; with the enthusiastic English language guide who happened to be volunteering it was excellent. Most of what's here is covered nearly as well at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which is definitely worth visiting. But I think this museum is still worth a visit, because it seems like much more of a focused, local effort on... More 

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Miami
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Loved this small museum with pics and other display of life in the past in Tokyo. Many of the exhibits had really old things which really gave you a feel for what life was like back in the day.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A small museum with little English explanation, but with a personal English tour by a volunteer! Nice to see and they gave me an origami doll as a goodbye gift, very nice!

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Tokyo, Japan
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Its a free museum where you can see some pretty neat stuff. It is highly recommended to have a guide or Japanese speaker with you who can explain things if you really want to enjoy it. Otherwise, they sometimes have events on the first floor (kimono designers, etc...) that can be interesting to check out

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Tokyo
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52 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The entrance fee is 300yen per adult and 100yen per student. The museum is closed from December 29 -January 1st.The English guide is complimentary. It takes about 15-25min to view the first floor and hear the details. Try the "fortune teller ticket"! Second floor has a lot of hands-on games for kids and a little movie. Enjoy!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Shitamachi - mostly Yanaka - in the older quarter of Tokyo - still retains buildings like those set up here. All the items in the museum were donated by locals. There are complete merchant houses, a sweet shop, townhouses... the attention to detail is amazing. The guides very friendly and knowledgeable, but please ask if you need an English speaking... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This would be an average museum, except for the volunteer guide, a nice older lady who was great. Her English was quite good and it was clear she was eager to introduce Tokyo's history to visitors. We also used the opportunity to ask about some other things we had observed on our trip about Japan and its traditions. At 300... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

This museum is pretty much all interactive. You can walk within the exhibits and truly appreciate the old way of life. The museum is small and intimate but perfect for an hour or two. I especially liked opening up the chest of drawers to see what a typical family would store. The puzzles on the second floor were also fun... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This really well done museum starts off with a first floor consisting of re-creations of shop and living spaces that you are able to "visit". Upstairs has a more traditional museum feel to it but is still quite enjoyable. The true highlight of visiting here was the volunteer who showed me around. It was like I was visiting his neighborhood... More 

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Molinella, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I have visited this small museum several times over the years and like to take first time visitors to Japan there. It's a great way to get a glimpse of how people lived here, before the invention of concrete. On my last visit I was lucky enough to be guided by a charming gentleman who ,in excellent English, gave us... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.